With his four sack performance against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night, Justin Tuck has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Tuck had a career-high four sacks and five tackles in the Giants’ 24-17 win at Washington. He now has 6.5 sacks and 43 tackles on the season.
“He’s played solid, he’s practiced hard, he’s worked hard, he’s done things by example,” said Tom Coughlin. “He’s been one of the guys that I’ve referenced when I talked about if we got credit for the sacks that we’ve kind of missed or whatever, he’s one of the guys that I would include there. To have six and a half sacks, to play the way he’s played, to move in over the guard at times, to start outside at times, I think he’s played a solid game and we now can hopefully expect that he’ll do the same for the remainder of the season.”
Tuck is the fifth player in franchise history with at least four sacks in a game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (twice) and Pepper Johnson (November 24, 1991), Michael Strahan (October 14, 2001) and Osi Umenyiora (September 30, 2007).
Tuck has recorded at least three sacks in a game three times. The only Giants with more three-sack games are Taylor (12) and Strahan (seven).
Tuck registered the third four-sack performance of the season and the first in the NFC. It was also the first four-sack game in December since 2011 (Antwan Barnes, December 18) and the first by an NFC player in the month since 2009 (Brian Orakpo, September 13).
In his ninth year from Notre Dame, this is Tuck’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 1, 2009).
The only Giants defensive ends with more Defensive Player of the Week Awards are Strahan (five) and Jason Pierre-Paul (three).