ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah has been named the NFC defensive player of the week.
Ansah 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and five tackles including three for a loss in the 17-3 win over the Vikings on Sunday even though he was just on the field for 49 percent of the defensive snaps.
The defense combined for eight sacks of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Lions maintain the NFL’s top rated defense allowing 270.2 yards and 13.7 points per game. The Lions lead the NFL with 20 sacks — 15 from the defensive line.
Ansah is the second Detroit defensive player to be honored in the first six games. Linebacker DeAndre Levy received the same honor in Week One.