The Arizona Cardinals had another honor given to them. In what would be considered an easy decision, safety Tyrann Mathieu was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.
This is the first "Defensive Player of the Week" selection for Mathieu. The third-year safety had a career-high two interceptions in Sunday's win. He returned the first one 33 yards for his first career touchdown and the second one set up a Cardinals field goal at the end of the first half. Tyrann is one of 13 players tied for the NFL lead with two interceptions this season.
Coupled with Justin Bethel's interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of last week's win, the Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to have two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first six minutes of a game.
One of Mathieu's season goals is to win Defensive Player of the Year honors. This is one of the first steps to achieve that goal.
With the award going to Mathieu, the Cardinals have swept the player of the week awards over the last two weeks. Mathieu gets this week's defensive honors, while after the Cardinals beat the Chicago Bears in Week 2, receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the Offensive Player of the Week after catching eight passes, three for touchdowns. David Johnson was the Special Teams Player of the Week as well, as he returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdowns.
The Cardinals are 3-0, they are winning awards and things look good. What will be the next award?