EAGAN, Minn. -- After a convincing return to dominance last week against Detroit for the Minnesota Vikings defense, one of their own has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter, who recorded 3 1/2 of the team's 10 sacks, was recognized by the league Wednesday, Nov. 7, for his role in Minnesota's 24-9 win over the Lions on Sunday. Hunter co-led the team with nine tackles, and also recorded three tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown to help seal the win.

Hunter, 24, now leads the NFL with 11 1/2 sacks, but downplayed his individual impact when speaking to the media Tuesday.

“Uh, it’s not an individual effort,” Hunter told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s just all working together as a D-line, able to flush sacks to whomever, beating our guys.”

This is the ninth time a Viking has earned DPOW honors in the Mike Zimmer era, the last being safety Harrison Smith in the opening week of the season.