The Arizona Cardinals get yet another honor this week. Safety Deone Bucannon was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Week 15.
This is the first "Defensive Player of the Week" selection for Bucannon. The second-year safety had the first interception of his career in Sunday's game and returned it 39 yards for his first career touchdown. Bucannon also led the Cardinals with 11 tackles in the game, giving him a career-high and team-leading 110 tackles this season. It was his third game this season with double digit tackles, including in each of the past two contests.
For the season, Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 17 tackles for loss to go along with three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two sacks.
Bucannon is the fifth different Cardinals player to be selected as "Player of the Week" this season. It is also the second consecutive week the Cardinals had a "Player of the Week" after Chandler Catanzaro was named "Special Teams Player of the Week" following Arizona's Week 14 win vs. Minnesota.
Tyrann Mathieu was selected as "Defensive Player of the Week" after Arizona's Week 3 win vs. San Francisco, Larry Fitzgerald was chosen as "Offensive Player of the Week" following the Week 2 victory at Chicago and David Johnson won "Special Teams Player of the Week" following the same victory over the Bears.