Lewis Is AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Linebacker Ray Lewis logged 10 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in St. Louis.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 3 at Rams

Ray Lewis is still hauling in the hardware in his 16th season.

The Ravens’ inside linebacker was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 3 performance in St. Louis.

Lewis recorded a game-high 10 tackles and notched a sack and forced fumble in the fourth quarter that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returned for a 28-yard touchdown.

Lewis made the play blitzing up the middle, and despite taking on two blockers. He reached out to strip quarterback Sam Bradford of the ball.

Head Coach John Harbaugh joked about Lewis’ touchdown celebration with Ngata, in which Lewis jumped on the big man and quickly bounced off.

“We showed it to the team,” Harbaugh said. “It was as hard as Ray went down all day, on the celebration.”

Led by Lewis, Baltimore’s defense held St. Louis to just 81 total yards (78 rushing, three passing) in the first half Sunday before backing off a bit on defense to avoid giving up the big play.

It’s the eighth time Lewis has received the honor and first time since Week 10 of the 2008 season. The first time he won it was his first NFL game back in 1996.

The 36-year-old has 25 tackles, one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles on the young 2011 season.

The Ravens’ defense, which ranks first in the NFL in points allowed per game (13.3), already has two defensive players of the week. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs won the award in Week 1.

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