Richard Sherman Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterNovember 14, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) jumps up and intercepts the pass intended for New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

For the first time in his career, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was named NFC defensive player of the week. Sherman was an absolute monster against the New York Jets, making plays in every defensive area possible. 

By games end Sunday, he had tallied one interception, one quarterback sack and two passes defended. Not to mention Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez targeted Sherman four times through the air and not once did he allow a completion. Sanchez's quarterback rating was 0.0 when throwing his way. 

The shutout through the air marked the second game in as many weeks where Sherman didn't allow a single reception. By digging a little bit deeper and breaking down his season stats you begin to realize he may be the only other true shutdown corner in the league next to Darrelle Revis. 

According to the stat gurus at Pro Football Focus, he is the league's second best cover corner with a coverage grade of plus-13.7. Only Charles Tillman of the Bears has a higher coverage grade and we all know what type of season he is having. 

On the season opposing quarterbacks have targeted Sherman 54 times, and he has only allowed 26 completions. Also, he has surrendered a minuscule 371 yards receiving and picked off a total of four balls. 

For cornerbacks who have played at least 75 percent of their club's defensive snaps, he ranks fifth only allowing one touchdown reception all season long. Titus Young burnt Sherman deep down the right sideline in Seattle's Week 8 matchup against Detroit

It's safe to say this won't be his last NFC defensive player of the week award and I have a feeling he may just find himself on the NFL All-Pro team for the first time this season.




Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus breaks down the numbers and deems the Arizona Cardinals as the worst offensive line in the NFL through Week 10.

Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report previews the Cardinals vs. Falcons matchup video style. 



San Francisco

Dave Campbell of the Associated Press says the Rams-49ers tie is likely not enough to alter the NFL rule.

Nicholas Goss of Bleacher Report tells us why the 49ers must start Colin Kaepernick against the Bears.




Mike Carter of the Seattle Times reports on former Seattle Seahawk Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo's pending assault case. 

Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report examines why opposing teams must fear the Seattle Seahawks' 12th man. 


St. Louis

Mike Sando of said Chris Long stepped up and his improved play kept St. Louis in its Week 10 game against the 49ers.

Josh Zerkle of Bleacher Report breaks down the Rams lowly matchup against the New York Jets. 



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