Philadelphia Eagles’ cornerback Darius Slay was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week following his Week 2 performance.
This is the fifth time Slay has earned this title.
Showin' why he's one of the best!
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DARIUS SLAY’S MASSIVE WEEK 2 PERFORMANCE
The Eagles waited until Monday night to play their Week 2 game — one that would come with much anticipation.
As the latter game in a double-header during primetime, Philadelphia hosted the Minnesota Vikings, who won their Week 1 game thanks to wide receiver Justin Jefferson. The third-year receiver put up the most yards throughout the league, with 184 yards from nine receptions.
However, what wasn’t impressive was Philadelphia’s defensive performance that same week. Allowing 35 points, the Lions outscored the Eagles in both the first and fourth quarter. Philadelphia couldn’t contain the run game, and could barely sack one of the easiest quarterbacks to do so on.
But, fans wouldn’t know any of that after watching them take on the Vikings.
Defending Jefferson, Slay performed so well that Jefferson only caught six passes for 48 yards — making him essentially non-existent. The four-time Pro Bowler also had two interceptions, nearly adding two more before the final buzzer. Slay also had a career-high five passes defended.
He became the first player since 2019 to record five passes defended and finish with two interceptions in a single game.
The Eagles are now back-to-back NFC Player of the Week award winners. Last week cornerback Zech McPhearson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Both outstanding players and the Philadelphia Eagles will take on their first NFC East opponent next week. Kick-off against the Washington Commanders beings at 1 PM on Sunday, September 25.