(CTN News) – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Vikings: The moniker Big Play Slay was earned Monday night. In the 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay made sure.
He got his hands on pass after pass during the game. Five passes were intercepted by Slay, both in the red zone, and five passes were defensed by him. In the last three seasons,
He has become the only player to record five or more passes defensed and two interceptions in one game.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Vikings:
Two-pick performance proves Darius Slay is still at elite level
The 31-year-old reminded the world he remains one of the top cover corners in the NFL.
According to the official transcript, “you know how it always works: the older you get, the more they think you’re falling off. But I’m not one of them. I’m still an elite player. I deserve respect in this league,” Slay said.
Against Green Bay, Justin Jefferson had nine catches for 184 yards, but Slay shut him down for 48 yards on six catches. According to Next Gen Stats, Slay covered 36.2% of Jefferson’s routes (more than any other Eagles defender).
“I don’t take any matchup lightly, but he is one of the top players in the world,” Slay said of Jefferson. This was an exciting matchup for me, too, since I am one of the top players in the world.”
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Vikings: According to Pro Football Focus, Slay covered six targets for Jefferson and allowed one catch for seven yards while recording two interceptions and two dropped interceptions.
In his third game since joining the Eagles in 2020, Slay earned a PFF coverage grade of 90.2. This is the first time since 2020 that any Philadelphia CB has had a PFF coverage grade of 90.2.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Vikings: The Eagles’ coach Nick Sirianni noted that Slay’s ability to take down No. 1 receivers like Jefferson allows the defense to deploy a variety of strategies against him.