Defensive players of the Week

From Peter King’s FMIA column:

Defensive players of the week

Maxx Crosby, defensive end, Las Vegas. Played a great game in all, but let’s talk about what he did in a five-play sequence spanning the second and third quarters: forces a fumble with the Broncos going in for a late first-half score; blocks the Brandon McManus field goal on the next play; sacks Russell Wilson on the first series of the third quarter, forcing a Denver punt. What a dominating player Crosby is.

Micah Parsons, edge, Dallas. Dallas 40, Minnesota 3. One of the most dominating performances of this season—perhaps the most. With Minnesota coming off the electric win at Buffalo, outsacking the Vikings 7-0 and outscoring them by 37 was stunning. Parsons’ two sacks led the way, and he almost always leads the way for a front that can be downright scary. Parsons showed his versatility. He made his first sack from the edge, and his second was a plow-through-the-line job.

Kyle Fuller, cornerback, Washington. Fuller may have made the play that signals the end of the Davis Mills experiment in Houston. Just 44 seconds into the game at Houston, Fuller baited and waited for Mills to throw a pass to Brandin Cooks. When it was released, Fuller cut in front of Cooks, picked it, and pranced untouched down the left sideline for a 37-yard pick-six. Washington never trailed in improving to 6-5.

Aidan Hutchinson, defensive end, Detroit. His second athletic interception in 15 days—the first one off Aaron Rodgers at the goal line, this one off Daniel Jones—and a key recovered fumble were important in the Lions’ 31-18 upset of the Giants. His pick of Jones in the second quarter on a ball that was a good two feet over his head set the Lions’ up for their first TD of the day. With the Giants down 12 and driving in the fourth, Hutchinson dove on a loose ball and the turnover ended any hope the Giants had.

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