John Abraham is Defensive Player of Week

December, 21, 2011
12/21/11
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The NFL just announced that Atlanta defensive end John Abraham has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week. This one should come as no surprise.

Abraham had one of the best games of a very good career in a 41-14 victory against Jacksonville. Abraham had 3.5 sacks that resulted in a total loss of 35.5 yards. He also forced two fumbles that resulted in 10 points for the Falcons.

The first fumble Abraham forced was recovered by linebacker Curtis Lofton and the Falcons turned that into a field goal. In the third quarter, Abraham forced a fumble that defensive tackle Corey Peters scooped up and took in for a 13-yard touchdown.

This is the fourth Player of the Week award in Abraham’s 12-year career. He won it twice while with the Jets and did it for the Falcons in the opening week of the 2006 season. Abraham is only the third NFC South player to win the NFC Defensive Player of the Week this season. The others were New Orleans safety Roman Harper, who won it twice, and Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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