Richard Sherman, the Seahawks’ second-year cornerback, has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Sunday’s 28-7 victory over the Jets.
Sherman intercepted a pass near the goal line in the second quarter, with the scored tied 7-7; and also had a fumble-forcing sack at the Seahawks’ 32-yard line in the fourth quarter, which was recovered by defensive tackle Jason Jones to set up the team’s final touchdown.
Defensive end Chris Clemons won the award in Week 3 for his four-sack performance in the upset of the Packers on “Monday Night Football,” but the last Seahawks cornerback to earn the weekly honor was Josh Wilson in 2008 (Week 16).
Running back Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week. But the honor went to Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught seven passes for 146 yards and two TDs as New Orleans handed the Falcons their first loss.