Minnesota Vikings linebackerEric Kendrickshas been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after securing his first career interception and returning it 77 yards for his first career touchdown.

According to the coaches tally, Kendricks also posted seven tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss, in the 26-15 opening week win at Tennessee.

Kendrick’s 77-yard interception return touchdown paired with defensive end Danielle Hunter’s 24-yard fumble return touchdown mark the sixth time in team history the Vikings scored on an interception return and fumble return in the same game.

Kendricks, who lead the Vikings in tackles last season, becomes the eighth different Viking to earn NFC Player of the Week honors under head coach Mike Zimmer.

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