Danielle Hunter named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after dominating Detroit

Hunter is on pace to finish with 21 sacks.
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As if there was any doubt, the NFL announced Wednesday what we all knew was coming: Danielle Hunter has won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award. 

Hunter dominated the Lions, sacking quarterback Matthew Stafford 3.5 times and returning a fumble for 32-yard touchdown. According to the Vikings, Hunter is the first player in nearly 40 years (1982) to finish a game with at least nine tackles, 3.5 sacks and a touchdown. 

Hunter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks and is on pace to finish with 21 sacks. Not bad for a guy who recently turned 24 years old. 

The NFL single-season sack record is 22.5, set by Giants great Michael Strahan in 2001. 

Ex-Viking Jared Allen nearly broke the record in 2009 when he had 22 sacks, which is the all-time record for the Vikings. 

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