SEATTLE – How is this possibly the first time?
Earl Thomas was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week on Wednesday, the first time in the eight-year veteran’s career he’s won the honor.
Thomas had a huge game Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks’ 16-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, forcing a seemingly impossible momentum-shifting fumble in the first quarter, then helping seal the win with a fourth-quarter interception.
Thomas is a five-time Pro Bowler.
Richard Sherman has been named defensive player of the week four times, and Kam Chancellor has won the honor three times.
The Seahawks are enjoying a bye week before returning to the field Oct. 22 at the New York Giants.