Eden Prairie, MN (December 26, 2017) – Vikings S Harrison Smith has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Green Bay last week.
Smith tallied his first career multi-interception game, picking off Brett Hundley twice to push his season total to five, tying his career high. The Knoxville, Tennessee native also tallied seven total tackles (five solo), two pass breakups, one tackle for loss and one quarterback pressure according to the Vikings coaches stats. He was the driving force behind the Vikings first shutout since December 5, 1993 (at Detroit) and their first shutout of the Packers at Lambeau Field ever. Smith is now the only player in the NFL with at least 70 tackles, five interceptions and one sack.
The NFC Player of the Week award is the first of Smith's career. It marks the third player of the week honor on the year for the team (Sam Bradford, Week 1; Kai Forbath, Week 7) with Everson Griffen also claiming the October Defensive Player of the Month award and Case Keenum earning the November Offensive Player of the Month award.
VIKINGS TO BE NAMED NFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK UNDER ZIMMER
Defensive, Anthony Barr, LB, 2014, Week 8, at Tampa Bay
Special Teams, Adam Thielen, WR, 2014, Week 13, vs. Carolina
Special Teams, Marcus Sherels, PR, 2015, Week 8, at Chicago
Defensive, Linval Joseph, DT, 2015, Week 9, vs. St. Louis
Defensive, Terence Newman, CB, 2015, Week 10, at Oakland
Special Teams, Blair Walsh, K, 2015, Week 16, vs. NY Giants
Defensive, Everson Griffen, DE, 2015,Week 17, at Green Bay
Defensive, Eric Kendricks, LB, 2016, Week 1, at Tennessee
Offensive, Stefon Diggs, WR, 2016, Week 2, vs. Green Bay
Defensive, Everson Griffen, DE, 2016, Week 3, at Carolina
Defense, Xavier Rhodes, CB, 2016, Week 11, vs. Arizona
Offense Sam Bradford, QB, 2017 Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Special Teams, Kai Forbath, K 2017, Week 1, vs. New Orleans 2017, Week 7, vs. Baltimore
Defense, Harrison Smith, S, 2017, Week 16, at Green Bay