Dec 29

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Antoine Winfield: NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Congratulations to Antoine Winfield, veteran cornerback extraordinaire for the Minnesota Vikings, for winning the Week 16 NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance Tuesday night against the Eagles.

Winfield recorded 9 tackles (8 solo), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 defensive TD. Last night’s performance brings Winfield’s stats for 2010 to: 82 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Watching the game last night, I was reminded of our once mighty defense. I am a fan of the pressure we applied to Vick and hope that corner blitzes will become a staple in our defensive repertoire for years to come. While not appropriate for all situations, imagine Aaron Rodgers or Eli Manning trying to withstand that pressure. Guaranteed instant meltdown. We should employ that level of intensity judiciously during the 2011 season. Assuming we have one.

Relive Winfield’s sack, strip, recovery and TD right now:

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