After turning in one of the top statistical performances in NFL history, linebacker Wesley Woodyard has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Against the Saints, Woodyard became just the ninth player since sacks began to be tracked in 1982 to record at least 10 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in the same game.
He finished with a game-high 13 tackles, tying a career high. He set career marks in sack yards (12), interception return yards (8) and pass breakups (2), while matching career bests in tackles, interceptions, sacks and forced fumbles in Denver’s 34-14 win.
Woodyard is one of just two players in the league to tally 50 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions this season, and is the first Bronco in franchise history to reach 50 tackles and multiple sacks and interceptions by the midpoint of the season.
Through seven games, the fifth-year linebacker has already set several career highs for a single season. His three sacks, two interceptions and three pass breakups already represent single-season bests. His 58 tackles this season are the second most in his career.
Woodyard is one of just six undrafted players to win the AFC Defensive Player of the Week Awards since he entered the league in 2008.
The award is the first of Woodyard’s career and the second for a Broncos player this season (Tracy Porter, Week 1). Denver leads the AFC with four weekly conference honors this season (2 defensive, 1 offensive, 1 special teams). Overall, it marks the 24th time a Broncos player has earned the conference defensive player of the week.