Lavonte David named NFC defensive player of the week

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Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David’s season got off to a bad start, but he’s making up for it over the course of the year.

David was named NFC defensive player of the week after a monster game against the Lions, the latest in a string of strong performances. He’s played well enough lately his game-killing penalty against the Jets in the opener is nearly forgotten.

David had 12 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass defensed against the Lions.

He has 5.0 sacks and two interceptions on the season, making him one of just six players in franchise history to post those totals in a season (along with defensive end Gaines Adams, cornerback Ronde Barber, defensive end Simeon Rice, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and linebacker Broderick Thomas.