Ziggy Ansah wins NFC Defensive Player of Week 6

Posted Oct 15, 2014

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah earned his first career player of the week award after an impressive performance on Sunday afternoon.

For the second time in six weeks, a Detroit Lion has won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy won the award in Week 1, and on Wednesday, the league announced that defensive end Ziggy Ansah earned the honor for the first time after playing one of the best games of his career Sunday against Minnesota.

The second-year pro led the Lions’ defense in the team’s 17-3 victory, registering career highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (4). He also tallied five tackles and forced a fumble.

Sunday’s game was Ansah’s fourth with two or more sacks, and his first in 2014. Ansah’s performance led a Lions team that totaled a season high eight sacks against the Vikings, which are the most registered in a game by Detroit since recording eight vs. Indianapolis in 1997.

The Lions, who lead the league in total defense, have sacked the quarterback 20 times this season, which is the most in the NFL.