The NFC South had a pretty good day Wednesday as the league announced its players of the week. New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Jenkins, a second-year pro in his first season as a safety, made a huge play in a Thanksgiving victory over Dallas. With just over three minutes remaining and the Saints trailing, Jenkins knocked the ball loose from Dallas receiver Roy E. Williams after a catch. Jenkins also recovered the fumble.
That allowed Drew Brees and the offense back on the field. The Saints marched for a game-winning touchdown. This is the first player of the week award of Jenkins' career.