Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The success of the Los Angeles Rams continues to increase during the 2018 NFL season, as yet another Rams player named as a Player of the Week. However, this week, the reigning 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald was named for the second time this season as NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Donald with his remarkable performance against the Arizona Cardinals was unbelievable on that day.
Blanked in his last two outings against the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, Donald aimed for a sack record that the Cardinals stood in his way of obtaining. In week two of the season, the Cardinals were able to keep Donald under wrap as he failed to get a sack in his second consecutive game, well let's say the first three games.
Donald's 2018 season started slowly; however, his play has increased to a higher level. On a Sunday afternoon at Levi Stadium, Donald would sack 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard for a career-best of four-times in that game. In addition to Donald's four sacks, he had nine total tackles (eight solo tackles), six tackles for losses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five quarterback hits.
However, against the Cardinals, Donald would sack the Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen three times of the game. With his second sack, he broke the single-season record for defensive tackles with his 18.5 sack of the season. The record of Keith Millard stood for some 29 years as Donald would break and extend his record. Donald finished the game with nine totaled tackles (seven solos), four tackles for losses, four quarterback hits, and three sacks.
On Donald's effort on his tremendous run by surpassing Millard's record, all eyes will be on him and Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks on Sunday. Should Donald break Strahan's' record against the 49ers where he once had four sack in their first meeting, he clearly in our opinion, will have stamped his name on the NFL Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.
Donald arguably is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the league, that generates destruction for opposing offensive lines. The offenses are doubling and tripling team him, and he still creates quarterback pressure. At this rate, Donald will become the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.