For the first time in his career, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was named NFC defensive player of the week. Sherman was an absolute monster against the New York Jets, making plays in every defensive area possible.
By games end Sunday, he had tallied one interception, one quarterback sack and two passes defended. Not to mention Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez targeted Sherman four times through the air and not once did he allow a completion. Sanchez's quarterback rating was 0.0 when throwing his way.
The shutout through the air marked the second game in as many weeks where Sherman didn't allow a single reception. By digging a little bit deeper and breaking down his season stats you begin to realize he may be the only other true shutdown corner in the league next to Darrelle Revis.
According to the stat gurus at Pro Football Focus, he is the league's second best cover corner with a coverage grade of plus-13.7. Only Charles Tillman of the Bears has a higher coverage grade and we all know what type of season he is having.
On the season opposing quarterbacks have targeted Sherman 54 times, and he has only allowed 26 completions. Also, he has surrendered a minuscule 371 yards receiving and picked off a total of four balls.
For cornerbacks who have played at least 75 percent of their club's defensive snaps, he ranks fifth only allowing one touchdown reception all season long. Titus Young burnt Sherman deep down the right sideline in Seattle's Week 8 matchup against Detroit.
It's safe to say this won't be his last NFC defensive player of the week award and I have a feeling he may just find himself on the NFL All-Pro team for the first time this season.
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