Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Packers in Week 11.
Look out the rest of the NFL, Matt Judon is coming.
Judon is becoming one of the Baltimore Ravens defensive players and is now getting recognized for it. The second-year outside linebacker was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 11 for his performance against the Green Bay Packers. Judon finished with six tackles and two sacks in the 23-0 shutout win.
At only 25-years old, Judon is the second youngest Ravens linebacker to win the award since Terrell Suggs in 2005. That’s never bad company to join. Suggs, a future Hall of Famer, has been a mentor to the young pass rushers. It seems to be paying off so far.
After Week 11, Judon now has five sacks on the season and three in his last two games. We saw this kind of potential as a rookie last season and Judon has made the leap in his second year. He’s been on a tear the last few weeks and has been nothing short of spectacular.
Judon hasn’t just been impressive in the pass rush, he’s also covered the pass well this season. Usually, teams will try to exploit outside linebackers in pass coverage but Judon has taken that away. At 6-3, 275 pounds he’s extremely athletic and it’s showing on the football field.
The defense has been the strength of this team all season and is seemingly carrying the Ravens into a playoff spot. Three shutouts this season is impressive, no matter who you come up against. Judon has the chance for another big game Monday night when the Ravens take on the Texans in primetime. There’s no more Duane Brown on the left side and the Texans have given up 32 sacks this season, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.
This is just the start of something special for Judon and he’s more than deserving of the award this week. Hopefully, there are much more to come.