Brian Orakpo named NFC defensive player of the week

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo earned NFC defensive player of the week honors following his strong performance in Washington’s 17-10 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

Orakpo recorded five tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble for the Redskins.

It marked the second-highest single-game sack total for Orakpo, whose career best is four and came against Oakland in 2009.

The third-year pro leads Washington with 3.5 sacks and boasts 23 for his career. The 3-1 Redskins as a team have tallied 15 sacks through four games.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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