EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He may not have even had the best individual defensive game on his team Sunday. But the play New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made to intercept Scott Tolzien and run in for a touchdown turned the game in the Giants' favor for good. And for that effort, Pierre-Paul has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.
It's the third time Pierre-Paul has won this award. He won it in Weeks 14 and 16 of the 2011 season for performances against the Cowboys and the Jets. He is the third Giants player to win the award at least three times, joining Michael Strahan, who won it five times, and Lawrence Taylor, who won it nine times.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday morning that Pierre-Paul would miss practice with the shoulder injury that's been bugging him the last couple of weeks. But Pierre-Paul missed practice last Wednesday and Thursday and still played (and apparently quite well) in Sunday's game. At this point, there's no reason to fear that he'll miss Sunday's game against the Cowboys.