Justin Tuck named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Patrick McDermott

Tuck is the third Giants' defender to earn the honor in the past five weeks.

New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, becoming the third member of the team to win the award in the last five weeks.

The nine-year vet sacked Robert Griffin III four times in the Giants' win over the Washington Redskins Sunday night, He and Cullen Jenkins combined for the defense's five total sacks on the night.

Four sacks in a single game marks the third-highest total in franchise history. Osi Umenyiora had six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007; Pepper Johnson had 4.5 sacks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991; Lawrence Taylor had four sacks twice -- against the Bucs in 1984 and the Eagles in 1986; and Michael Strahan did it once against the Eagles as recently as 2010.

Tuck now owns the team lead with 6.5 sacks on the year, which is the highest mark since he registered 11.5 sacks in 2010.

Tuck was lasted named the Defensive Player of the Week following the season opener in 2009, after he totaled five tackles and 1.5 sacks, also against the Redskins.

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