Aaron Donald is 2015’s first NFC defensive player of the week

AP

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year and his second NFL season got off to a rousing start in the team’s 34-31 overtime win over the Seahawks.

Donald overwhelmed the Seahawks trying to block him last Sunday on the way to nine tackles, two sacks, three tackles for losses and three hits on quarterback Russell Wilson. One of those tackles came on the final play of the game when Donald and fellow tackle Michael Brockers collapsed the middle of the Seattle line and dropped Marshawn Lynch short of a first down on fourth-and-one.

As a result of those efforts, Donald has been named the first NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the 2015 season. It’s the first time that Donald has received the honor, but the start of his career suggests that more accolades will be coming his way as long as he’s healthy enough to remain in the lineup.

Donald anchors a defensive line that is as good as any in the NFL right now. Should the Rams make sustained strides on offense this season, that line could be at the forefront of a bid for a playoff spot in the NFC.

17 responses to “Aaron Donald is 2015’s first NFC defensive player of the week

  1. Yes, it is well deserved. He and his defensive mates, up front destroyed the Seahawks OL all day. All the more reason to call a different play on 4th and 1.

    It would be different if they had been able to block that play at all, that day, but they didn’t, because they couldn’t. So as pointed out by Marshawn’s mother and by Aaron Donald, everybody knew what was coming. Even a straight dive would have been better, but a belly play? Well, you saw the result.

    The QB had 800 yards rushing last year, he’s dangeRuss on the edge to run or pass. Plus, now you have Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett. Bevell can;t use the weapons they have, so you get what you got.

  2. I don’t care what team you cheer for but 9 tackles and 2 sacks from a defensive TACKLE is flat out impressive. At this rate he is going to get a Suh like contract in the next few years.

  3. Great game by Donald, but no way 9 tackles, 3 tfl, 2 sacks is greater than a forced fumble + recovery, a pick 6, 2 pass deflections and about 15 yards allowed (Josh Norman). The two turnovers alone are more impactful.

  4. Actually, two Seahawks OLs ran into each other on that last play and blocked Beast’s running lane. All Brockers and Donald did was pick up the scraps.

  5. “Great game by Donald, but no way 9 tackles, 3 tfl, 2 sacks is greater than a forced fumble + recovery, a pick 6, 2 pass deflections and about 15 yards allowed (Josh Norman). The two turnovers alone are more impactful.”

    Yeah that intentional eye gouge on Hurns was pretty impactful as well. I’m sure the NFL was just dying to recognize him after that.

  6. And dumbass Mayhew thought we needed another TE instead of a back up plan for Suh’s impending departure. Can we get a GM who didn’t learn under Matt Millen please

  7. “Yeah that intentional eye gouge on Hurns was pretty impactful as well. I’m sure the NFL was just dying to recognize him after that.”

    except the new story here at PFT shows that he didn’t. he never meant that comment to be taken literally. and at the bottom of a pile, eye gouging, punching, grabbing things that other men shouldnt be grabbing happens in every scrum. they tried making a huge story out of this like he was stomping people’s legs/head or taking helmets off and swinging or something but he didn’t do anything that doesn’t happen at the bottom of every scrum. that’s just how those things go

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