GREEN BAY – Packers linebacker Preston Smith has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his three-sack performance in Sunday’s 27-16 win over the Denver Broncos.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound linebacker finished with five tackles and three sacks, and generated his second takeaway of the year with a second-quarter strip sack of Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, which rookie Rashan Gary recovered at the Denver 5.
Smith also sacked Flacco on third down in the first quarter and again on fourth-and-17 in the fourth to tie his previous career-high for sacks in a game from Smith’s rookie year (at Philadelphia on Dec. 26, 2015).
With a team-high 4½ sacks through three games, Smith has already surpassed his season total for sacks in 16 games with Washington last season (four). It’s the first time Smith has won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.