After a performance for the ages, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Donald was a terror in San Francisco’s backfield all game long in Los Angeles’ 39-10 victory, recording 4.0 sacks, nine total tackles, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Donald set a single-game career high for sacks and tackles for loss. His previous sack high was 3.0, accomplished once in 2015 and another time last season. And his six tackles for loss doubled his previous single-game career high of three, which he had recorded five times.
“I knew he had a really productive day, but then when you go back and you just tally up all the plays that he made and how he's getting there and affecting and influencing the game in a variety of ways from his position was really impressive,” head coach Sean McVay said of Donald on Monday. “That's why he's the man.”
Donald doubled his season sack total on Sunday, going from 4.0 to 8.0. He now leads the league in the category and is on pace to shatter his previous career high of 11.0 sacks in a season.
This is Donald’s fourth career NFC Defensive Player of the Week award and — ironically, since he was AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 — his first time receiving the honor since 2016.
Donald is the Rams’ fifth NFC Player of the Week honoree so far in 2018. Kicker Greg Zuerlein (Week 1) and safety Blake Countess (Week 3), previously were named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for their performances against the Raiders and Chargers, respectively. Quarterback Jared Goff was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Vikings in Week 4 and running back Todd Gurley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his game against the Broncos in Week 6.