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Luke Kuechly named NFC defensive player of the week

Luke Kuechly, Jimmy Graham AP

You could have made a case for three Panthers winning NFC defensive player of the week honors.

But Luke Kuechly stood out even in that crowd.

The Panthers middle linebacker had roughly 1,647,892 tackles in their 17-13 win over the Saints.

The game-day count was 24, and the Panthers coaches went back and called it 26. Either way, it was a lot, along with an interception in the playoff-clinching win.

Since the league started tracking the hard-to-track stat in 1994, Kuechly and Derrick Brooks are the only players with at least 20 and an interception in the same game.

You could have made a strong case this week for Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (14 tackles and an interception) or defensive end Greg Hardy (three sacks), but Kuechly’s performance was the best of an outstanding group.

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17 Responses to “Luke Kuechly named NFC defensive player of the week”
  1. beastnyg says: Dec 24, 2013 3:20 PM

    This guy is amazing. Beastly. DPOY for sure

  2. beastnyg says: Dec 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    2/3rds of the world is covered by water, the other 1/3rd is covered by Luke Kuechly

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    This is a ‘DUH’ choice… but… one the NFL could probably screw up (but didn’t this time).

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to tech, writers/contributors, management… and… most of all… my fellow posters (even the ones who don’t except THE FACT that Andy Dalton has low quality #2 and #3 wide receivers and crappy Jermaine Gresham).

  4. hardythekraken says: Dec 24, 2013 3:49 PM

    Shocker.

  5. dbones750 says: Dec 24, 2013 4:13 PM

    If luke kuechly tackled a tree in a forest, you’d probably hear it.

  6. pilot2011 says: Dec 24, 2013 4:14 PM

    heck, 26 tackles and a pick would be solid numbers for a month, let alone one game against Breeses. (sorry Drew, you are not the other Son of God, although many Saints fans would disagree.)

    Well done Luuuke!

    Happy Birthday Jesus!

  7. meatcarroll says: Dec 24, 2013 4:39 PM

    Richard Sherman is still winning Defensive Player of the Year though. U mad?

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 24, 2013 4:50 PM

    The two best linebackers in the NFL…. one plays in Cincinnati… and… the other was born and raised in Cincinnati.

  9. aceboogie1 says: Dec 24, 2013 5:03 PM

    LUUUUUKE!!!!!

  10. glmore says: Dec 24, 2013 7:20 PM

    Even Chuck Norris is scared of a Kuechly hit.

  11. pop562 says: Dec 24, 2013 9:29 PM

    Bowman was not mention in this after that beautiful game winning pick 6…amazing. Patrick Willis had like 19 tackles and made a few amazing hits for lost and a couple pass deflection.

  12. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:11 AM

    Baby Urlacher

  13. rjkilla says: Dec 25, 2013 12:52 AM

    lukes response to getting the news “oh, cool”

  14. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 25, 2013 7:16 AM

    Luke once ate a 72 oz steak in 1 hour. He spent the first 57 minutes losing a dance competition with his waitress.

  15. lionsuberalles says: Dec 27, 2013 6:58 AM

    Luke Kuechly bathes in Jack Daniels, Old Spice, and grizzly blood.

  16. pkaiser59 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    Kuechly SHOULD be the DPOY!!!!! Hands down! Nobody better than him!!!!!!!

    (LOVE the 1,647,892 tackles AND the comment about 2/3 of the world covered by water and the other 1/3 covered by Luke!!!! OUTSTANDING!!! )

  17. chazatlas says: Dec 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    SO glad Carolina signed Luke. He’s only going to get better.

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