Every week, the league office names offensive, defensive, and special-teams players of the week for each conference. In most weeks, the league gets it right in every category.
This week, it’s fair to question whether the league got it wrong with the NFC defensive player of the week award.
Buccaneers defensive end Shaq Barrett received the designation, based on a pair of sacks (one for a safety), six tackles, three tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits. That’s impressive. But it’s not nearly as impressive as what Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith accomplished.
In Seattle, Smith (who was nominated by the Cowboys for the award) had three sacks, four tackles, two tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, and a tipped pass.