The Arizona Cardinals had a player honored for their performance once again. Just two weeks ago, Carson Palmer was named Offensive Player of the Week for his play against the Indianapolis Colts. Now, it is John Abraham that is getting recognized. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his play against the St. Louis Rams.
This is Abraham's fifth "Defensive Player of the Week" selection and first with the Cardinals. He last won the award in 2011 when he played with the Atlanta Falcons. Abraham was also honored with the New York Jets in 2001 and 2004 and with the Falcons in 2006.
Abraham had 3.0 sacks in the Cardinals victory over the Rams, giving him 133.0 sacks for his career and moving him past Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor (132.5) and LB Leslie O'Neal (132.5) into 9th place on the NFL all-time sacks list. It was the 10th time in Abraham's career he had at least 3.0 sacks in a game. In NFL history, only Taylor (12) and Reggie White (12) had more games with at least 3.0 sacks in their career. He also became just the second player in franchise history with at least 3.0 sacks in multiple games in a season (2, Curtis Greer, 1983).
The NFL's active leader in both sacks and forced fumbles, Abraham has a team-leading 11.0 sacks this season, becoming the first Cardinals player since Bertrand Berry in 2004 to record double-digit sacks in a season and just the eighth player in team history to reach at least 10.0 sacks in a season. Abraham is tied for sixth in the NFL and third in the NFC with his 11.0 sacks. Among linebackers, he leads the NFC and is second in the NFL behind Robert Mathis (15.5).
Abraham becomes the 25th different Cardinals player to win the "Defensive Player of the Week." He also becomes the third player this season to be named "Player of the Week" after Patrick Peterson was named defensive player of the week following the Cardinals win over Tampa Bay in Week 4 and Carson Palmer was named offensive player of the week following the Week 12 win over Indianapolis.