Arizona edge rusher Chandler Jones likely did enough in the first quarter to win NFC defensive player of the week when he recorded 3.0 sacks — one with a forced fumble that led to a touchdown — and three tackles for loss.
And then he finished with 5.0 sacks, six QB hits, four tackles for loss, and a pair of forced fumbles.
If there were ever an obvious choice to earn defensive player of the week honors, this was it.
Jones’ five sacks set a new single-game career high and and tied the Cardinals’ franchise record. With 66.0 sacks for Arizona, Jones is now a half-sack away from tying the all-time franchise mark.
Jones will get the chance to do so against the Vikings in Week Two.