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Patrick Peterson named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a long climb this season for Patrick Peterson and Sunday we saw him finally get back to the top.

Today, he was rewarded with the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award.

From the team:

This is Peterson’s fifth overall “Player of the Week” selection, tying him with quarterback Kurt Warner for the most “Player of the Week” awards in team history. It is Peterson’s third “Defensive Player of the Week” selection (2014-Week 10; 2013-Week 4) after previously being honored as “Special Teams Player of the Week” twice as a rookie punt returner in 2011. Safety Adrian Wilson (four) is the only player in team history with more “Defensive Player of the Week” selections.

Peterson had seven tackles, an interception and a season-high three passes defensed in Sunday’s win over Cleveland. He recorded his 25th career interception, and second this season, when he picked off a Baker Mayfield pass in the end zone in the first quarter.

According to Pro Football Focus, when Mayfield targeted Peterson last Sunday he completed just 5-of-12 attempts for 38 yards and an interception, with a passer rating of 15.3.

Only six players in team history have more career interceptions than Peterson and dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players in the NFL have more interceptions than Peterson: Richard Sherman (35), Reggie Nelson (29) and Marcus Peters (27).

Peterson is the third different Cardinals player to be selected as “Player of the Week” this season and the second as “Defensive Player of the Week.” Quarterback Kyler Murray was selected as “Offensive Player of the Week” after the Cardinals win vs. Atlanta in Week 6 and linebacker Chandler Jones was selected as “Defensive Player of the Week” after Arizona’s Week 7 victory at the New York Giants. Kicker Zane Gonzalez was also selected as the “Special Teams Player of the Month” for October.