It will be announced later today by the NFL that New Orleans Saints S Malcolm Jenkins will be the named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks for his efforts in the club's 31-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Late in the second quarter, Jenkins scored the first touchdown of his career when he picked off a Sam Bradford pass at the Saints four-yard line and returned it to the end zone to give New Orleans a 21-6 lead. In the fourth quarter, he stopped another potential St. Louis scoring drive, when he intercepted a Bradford pass in the red zone and returned it nine yards. the 96-yard return was the fourth-longest in club history. Jenkins' 105 interception returns yards in the game were the second-most in team history, behind only Tommy Myers' 151 (on three picks) against Minnesota on September 3, 1978. Jenkins also added five tackles and a pass defense on the day.
For the season, Jenkins has started all 12 games he's appeared in and leads the secondary with 75 tackles (50 solo), one sack, two interceptions to tie for the team lead, leads the Saints with ten pass defenses and also has one forced fumble and is tied for the club lead with two recoveries.
After capturing defensive player of the week honors in week 12 for his performance at Dallas on Thanksgiving, he's the first Saints defender to capture the honors twice since S Sammy Knight in 2001.