Stevie Brown is Defensive Player of Week

How well is the New York Giants' season going? There have been eight regular-season NFL weeks played so far, and in half of them a Giants player has won an NFC Player of the Week award.

The latest -- and perhaps most unexpected -- is safety Stevie Brown, who has been named this week's NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 29-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. In that game, Brown intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and was credited with a team-leading six solo tackles. Filling in over the past four weeks for injured starting safety Kenny Phillips, Brown has four interceptions to give him five for the season. Only the Bears' Tim Jennings has more.

Brown is the second Giants safety to win this award in the past three weeks. Antrel Rolle won it for his Week 6 performance against the 49ers in San Francisco. Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2 and kicker Lawrence Tynes was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3.

This is also the fifth time in the past two seasons that a Giants player has been NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Mathias Kiwanuka won the award in Week 9 of 2011, and Jason Pierre-Paul won it in Weeks 14 and 16.