Darius Slay named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Oct 12, 2016

Cornerback Darius Slay forced a pair of turnovers in the Lions' Week 5 win.

Cornerback Darius Slay was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after forcing two turnovers in the Detroit Lions' Week 5 win vs. Philadelphia.

  • Slay had three tackles (all solo), one interception, one forced fumble and two pass defenses against the Eagles.
  • On the forced fumble, the Lions had just taken the team’s final timeout of the game prior to the play. If the Eagles converted on the 3rd-and-2, Philadelphia would have run out the clock and won the game.
  • The interception occurred on the first play of the Eagles' drive right after the Lions made a 29-yard field goal to take the lead. It was also the first interception thrown by the Eagles and QB Carson Wentz this season.
  • Slay is the first player to force a fumble resulting in a takeaway and intercept a pass in the last 3:00 of the fourth quarter since Indianapolis Colts CB Eugene Daniel at the New York Jets December 5, 1993.
  • He is the first Lions player with a forced fumble and interception in a game since CB Eric Wright against the Kansas City Chiefs September 18, 2011