The Minnesota Vikings might be well out of first place in the NFC North, but it has not been all doom and gloom, especially in October. The Vikings went 4-1 last month, and pass rusher Danielle Hunter played a large part in the team’s quick turnaround. For his effort, Hunter earned the NFL’s Defensive Players of the Month Award for October.
Hunter played well last month, accumulating five sacks, two forced fumbles, and 18 tackles. The three-time Pro-Bowler leads the NFL in sacks with ten.
Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter: Rock Solid in October
Danielle Hunter showed out in October, helping the Minnesota Vikings defense turn around after a string of poor performances to start the season. Hunter began the month slowly, racking up just three tackles and no sacks in Week 4 before tallying a sack and a TFL in his team’s narrow 22-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs the following Sunday.
Hunter posted his best performance in Week 6, accumulating two sacks, seven tackles, and two TFLs in a win over the Chicago Bears. He followed his exceptional performance up with a sack and three tackles in an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers. The LSU product again showed out last Sunday, forcing two fumbles and accounting for a sack in another Vikings win.
Danielle Hunter Edges a Pair of New York Giants Pass Rushers for Defensive Players of the Month Honors
The New York Giants fanbase is surely disgruntled after one of their pass catchers didn’t win POTM honors for October. Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux had a fantastic October, totaling a smooth 7.5 sacks while forcing a fumble and recovering another.
Meanwhile, teammate Dexter Lawrence also had an okay month. The defensive lineman had three sacks in October while making life difficult for opposing backfields.