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Saints OLB Junior Galette Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week


Oct 30, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) in the fourth quarter. The Saints defeated the Panthers 28-10 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

After helping lead the defense to a dominant performance against the Carolina Panthers, the league has decided to name OLB Junior Galette NFC Defensive Player of the Week.  The New Orleans Saints‘ pass-rushing phenom assisted his team to a victory in Charlotte, snapping the Black and Gold’s seven-game losing streak on the road.

He finished the contest with four combined tackles and two sacks, including one that went for a forced fumble inside the Carolina five-yard line, setting up the Saints for a 7-0 lead.  With six on the year through eight games, No.93 is well on his way to his second consecutive double-digit season in the sack category.

Starting his college career at Temple and then transferring to Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, the 2010 undrafted free agent has been an excellent addition to the Saints organization.  Through four and a half seasons and only one and a half (2013-2014) as a starter, Galette has tallied 111 total tackles, three passes defended, three forced fumbles and 27.5 sacks, including a 12-sack, Pro-Bowl worthy performance last year.

The way Rob Ryan‘s unit has been heating up lately, the Saints look to be getting back on track just at the right time.  Galette, who leads the team in sacks, will have the chance to continue his hot streak at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the next three weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers are up next on the Black and Gold’s challenging schedule, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.  Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco better stay on their toes, or they could easily find themselves in one of Junior’s “body bags.”