Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Davis is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week

In the sound 35-10 thrashing the Carolina Panthers handed to the Minnesota Vikings last week, strong-side linebacker Thomas Davis was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week!

Davis racked up ten tackles, 2 sacks, and defended a pass in the victory.

What makes the award even more satisfying for him, I’m sure, is that it reminds not only Davis, but others of what a lot of hard work can do for you.

He is the player who has come back from three ACL tears – all on the right knee – to stubbornly not only return to the NFL field but also the starting lineup.

It would appear that his rehab went well and that he hasn’t lost a thing in his play.

His coach didn’t hand anything to him either, I’m certain of that much. Davis is playing Rivera’s old position.

Davis is a former first-round pick from the University of Georgia, giving the Panthers two starting first-round picks at linebacker when you consider Luke Kuechly’s being drafted ninth overall last season.

The honor for Davis is the second time in this short season that a Carolina Panthers player has won the award. Greg Hardy earned it in week three with his three sack performance against the New York Giants.

The Houston Texans have the top defense by far in terms of yards/game allowed with only 252.8, but are a horrible 28th in points per game allowed at 29.5, but I can’t tell if the statistics include the 422 pick-sixes Texans QBs have thrown or not.

On the other hand, the Panthers are third in the NFL in defense overall, allowing just 299.2 yards per game, and second in the NFL allowing just 13.6 points per game.

Davis also had a sack in the Giants game, bringing his total there to three sacks in five games, which is quite a pace for someone playing the position. It’s not a position where many sacks are generated in the first place, but apparently Mr. Davis ignored that memo this season.

Great for him!

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