After a bad game in San Diego, where he was bothered by ankle problems and oppressive heat, SS Kam Chancellor was named NFC defensive player the week for his nine tackles, forced fumble and interception in the Seahawks’ 26-20 overtime win over Denver Sunday, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Chancellor is the first Seahawk to win one of the weekly honors this season and the first defensive player to be selected since All-Pro CB Richard Sherman in Week 15 last season. Sherman also was honored in Week 2 last season and Week 10 in 2012.
Chancellor is the only Seahawks safety with a forced fumble and a 50-plus yard interception return in the same game since 1993, the first year forced fumbles were tracked.
Chancellor, the first Seahawks safety to be selected for the weekly honor since Michael Boulware in Week 11 of 2004, returned his interception 52 yards to set up a fourth-quarter field goal
“Kam made a great read – it was a great throw as well,” Sherman said after the game of Chancellor’s pick of Peyton Manning. “I think he underestimated Kam’s athleticism and he paid for it.”
It was Chancellor’s first interception of the season, and only the second for a Seahawks defense that led the NFL with 28 interceptions last season. It also was the first interception Manning has thrown this season.