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Giants’ Landon Collins named NFC Defensive Player of the Week again

November 9, 2016 GMT

There are only four players on the Giants’ roster younger than Landon Collins.

No one has had a greater impact over the last two games, a pair of victories for the Giants during their three-game winning streak that has rescued their season and put them back into contention for the playoffs.

Collins is the only player in the NFL to lead his respective team in tackles (69), sacks (3) and interceptions (3). For his effort, the former second-round pick was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, sandwiched around the Giants’ bye. He is the first safety to win the award in consecutive games since former Steelers All-Pro Troy Polamalu in 2010.

Collins, 22, is older than cornerback Eli Apple, running back Paul Perkins, left tackle Ereck Flowers and defensive end Romeo Okwara. He registered the first two interceptions of his career in London, including a spectacular 44-yard return for a touchdown that helped defeat the Rams.

Then, in Sunday’s 28-23 victory over the Eagles, Collins picked off rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter and set up the Giants’ first touchdown. He also collected 12 tackles and a sack.

Collins has played all but five defensive snaps this season, a staggering number. He has not come off the field defensively since the Giants’ Week 3 loss to Washington.

On Sunday, the Giants’ defense protected a one-score lead for the third straight game in earning the victory.

“All our mindset is that defense wins championships,” Collins said. “We were called upon again to make a play, make a stop and that is what we strive on.”