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Jordan Hicks Takes Home NFC Defensive Player Of Week

Linebacker had two sacks in win over Bears in Chicago

Linebacker Jordan Hicks makes a tackle during the Cardinals' win in Chicago last weekend.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks makes a tackle during the Cardinals' win in Chicago last weekend.

The strange but impressive year of Jordan Hicks just keeps getting better.

The veteran linebacker, who requested a trade in the offseason when the Cardinals drafted Zaven Collins, eventually earned his starting job back and has proceeded to have one of his best seasons -- including Sunday in Chicago, when during the Cards' 33-22 win he had two sacks and 13 tackles.

It earned him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, the first time in his career he has captured such an honor.

Hicks now has five sacks on the season, a career-best, and continues to be the leader of a defense that has allowed only 18.7 points a game this year.

"When you can get turnovers (on defense) and take care of the ball (on offense) and score off turnovers, that's huge," Hicks said, after the Cards had four interceptions and didn't turn the ball over themselves. "Find a way to win."

It is already the sixth time a Cardinal has won a Player of the Week award this season. Linebacker Chandler Jones has won it twice, in Week 1 and Week 11. Quarterback Kyler Murray won for Week 2, cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. won for Week 3 and kicker Matt Prater won for Week 6.

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