Strahan receives honor

Michael Strahan was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8.<BR><BR>

Strahan earned the honors for helping the Giants to an impressive 29-17 road win over the previously-undefeated Minnesota Vikings.

New York held Minnesota to its lowest point total of the season, allowing just seven points in the second half and shutting out the Vikings in the fourth quarter as the Giants rallied with 13 points in the final stanza to earn the victory. Strahan led all defensive linemen with six tackles and posted two sacks, his third consecutive multiple sack game.

Minnesota led 17-16 in the fourth-quarter with 9:15 to play and faced a second-and-eight from the New York 26-yard line, when Strahan responded. The defensive end sacked quarterback Daunte Culpepper on successive plays, forcing a Vikings punt.

Then on the Giants' next possession, quarterback Kerry Collins drove the team 80 yards, culminated by a two-yard touchdown run by Tiki Barber, giving New York a 22-17 lead it would not relinquish.

In his 11th season from Texas Southern, this is Strahan's fifth career Player of the Week Award.


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