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Chandler Jones Earns NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

DE Chandler Jones during Sunday's win against the 49ers
DE Chandler Jones during Sunday's win against the 49ers

Chandler Jones’ monster game on Sunday did not go unnoticed.

The Cardinals’ Pro Bowl defensive end earned NFC Player of the Week honors Wednesday after playing a big role in the team’s 28-18 win over the 49ers. Jones finished the game with six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Jones also had a critical pass knockdown that didn’t show up in the box score because it came on a two-point conversion attempt by San Francisco. The 49ers were trying to tie the game at 14 in the fourth quarter when Jones alertly stopped rushing and batted down the throw.

Jones, who led the NFL in sacks last season with 17, has four in the first five contests of 2018. While he had some notable plays in the first month of the season, this was easily Jones’ most disruptive game of the year.

He said it took some time to get comfortable in the Cardinals’ new defensive scheme under coach Steve Wilks.

“This was what, our fifth game?” Jones said. “You get more familiar with certain looks in certain positions. It’s starting to click.”

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