Baltimore Ravens safety, Eric Weddle, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his eleven year career. Weddle is one of the outspoken leaders on this incredible defensive unit and has led the way for this squad.
Weddle finished Sunday’s game against the Lions with three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Weddle forced the fumble, after a massive, blindside hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. The fumble was recovered by defensive tackle Willie Henry and it gave the Ravens offense great field position. The Ravens offense then turned the fumble into seven.
Then, late in the fourth quarter, Weddle came up with his fifth interception of the season off of rookie Lions quarterback, Jake Rudock. Rudock was pressured by cornerback Maurice Canady, which forced a horrid throw. Weddle had nothing, but green in front of him as he returned the pick forty-four yards for a touchdown.
This is the first time since 2010 that a Ravens safety has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. The last to do it? Ed Reed.