New York Giants: Leonard Williams earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week

New York Giants, Leonard Williams
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 29: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Leonard Williams #99 of the New York Giants in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles defeated the Giants 34-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Giants just earned a clutch, statement victory on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. New York’s dominant defense held the high-flying Seahawks offense to only ten points. Two of Seattle’s twelve points came from a safety on special teams.

The Giants’ defense played out if its mind in Week 13. New York forced Seattle to turn the ball over twice. Seattle also went only 4-13 on third downs and 0-2 on fourth downs.

The Giants benefited from many great individual defensive performances, but none greater than that of defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and defensive lineman Leonard Williams. These two had insane performances that propelled the Giants to a crucial victory this week. Leonard Williams’ performance was so special that he earned the NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Leonard Williams Week 13 Dominance

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was dominant for the Giants in Week 13. Williams had a 2.5 sack performance, including a clutch sack on the final drive of the game to force the Seahawks into hail mary mode.

Williams pressured Russell Wilson seven total times in this matchup. He was constantly in the backfield, wreaking havoc on the Seattle offense. Big Cat’s 2.5 sacks tied a single-game career-high. Leonard’s 2.5 sacks all came in the second half of the game, but he was getting plenty of pressure in the first half. These 2.5 sacks also caused Seattle to lose a total of 25.5 yards.

Heading into this game, Williams had 6 sacks on the season. Now, after this stellar performance, Leonard has a new career-high in sacks with 8.5 on the season (tied-sixth in the NFL). Leo is having a breakout, career-year in his second season with the New York Giants. He has been one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL this year and should see himself make the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career.