Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
For the sixth time this season, a Los Angeles Rams player received an award of the NFC Player of the Week. Last month, Aaron Donald a previous Ram player named as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
However, it mostly looked as if he was well on his way to be selected again after sacking twice the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes Jr. on Monday night. In addition to the Donald sacks, he also caused two forced fumbles of those sacks that lead to Rams points. As it turned out, Donald became overshadowed by an unheralded player on the defensive side.
Second-year linebacker Samson Ebukam named NFC Defensive Player of the Week with his great play against the Chiefs. Just before the first half ended, Ebukam scooped up a fumble caused by the sack of Donald and ran it for a touchdown. In the second half, Mahomes attempted to throw a screen pass to running back Kareem Hunt, but Ebukam read the play, raised his right arm, deflected the pass and caught and rumbled into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.
The second-year player from Eastern Washington University took over the starting role after the Rams shipped out Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree. Samson finished the night with three tackles (two solos), one sack; one deflected a pass, one interception, two quarterback hits, and two touchdowns. Chiefs player Allen Bailey also named as NFC Player of the week a few weeks ago by scoring twice by way of interception and fumble recovery.
The Rams went on to beat the Chiefs, as Ebukam came close to sacking Mahomes in the last two plays of the game. Rams won the game 54-51 in the highest scoring game on Monday Football that produced two offensive explosions. The teams combined to pass over 900 yards, scored 105 points, and 14 total touchdowns. The Rams will be idled this week as they rest on their most needed bye week.