After a thanksgiving day showdown dominated by New Orleans Saints’ DE Cameron Jordan, he won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.
New Orleans Saints’ Cameron Jordan officially dominated the Atlanta Falcons offensive line and Matt Ryan last Thursday. Jordan sacked the Falcons’ quarterback FOUR times! That brings Cam’s total to 13.5 sacks through 13 weeks, already the most of his career.
After having a four-sack game, Jordan is still in reach of his goal for 20 on the year. The NFL record for most sacks in a single season was Michael Strahan with 22.5. That would be ridiculous for Jordan.
Jordan has been largely overshadowed by the records that Michael Thomas is on pace to break as well, but Cameron deserves more praise than he has been getting.
With awards like NFL Defensive Player of the Year and National Football Hall of Fame now insight, Cameron Jordan is having his own historical season. This is the 6-foot-4, 30-year-olds third straight season with double-figure sacks.
In an article written by ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins talk about attaining that goal.
"“Me and Cam speak about that stuff all the time in the offseason. That’s his mythical thing, he’s always wanted to reach a 20-piece,” Rankins said. “Listen, when you go for four, you put yourself in a position where that’s attainable with four games left. Now obviously he has to do the work, and we gotta help him a little bit. But it’s definitely attainable.“But if he hits it, I need a gift. I need a very nice gift from Cam.”Jordan then chimed in from a few lockers down, insisting he would deliver, with Rankins replying, “I’ve played some part in your historic chase you’ve got going on.”"
Rankins has fun joking around with Jordan, but the fact remains the same — Jordan is going down in the record books for this season. Let’s also not let the fact that he is chasing the sacks record take away from the 44 tackles, 22 QB hits, and two passes defended he already has. He is a big reason that the Saints’ defense sits as one of the greatest in the entire NFL.
The New Orleans Saints currently give up 88.2 rushing yards per game which are the third least in the entire NFL. They also rank the top 10 in overall defense on the year.
This is largely in part to the performance that we have seen out of Cameron Jordan — the rightful Defensive Player of the Year.