Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay punished Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings, and the NFL world loved it.
Slay recorded his second interception of Week 2’s Monday Night Football, denying Cousins another touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. For those who missed it, he did the same early in the third quarter when the Vikings QB thought he had the ball landing on the end zone, only to be stolen by the 31-year-old CB.
While the Eagles themselves have struggled to score in the second half–being stagnant at the 24 points they accumulated in the first half–their defense propelled by Slay has really stood out. Imagine the situation Philadelphia would have been in had Slay not been there to intercept that two TD passes from Cousins.
We see you @bigplay24slay 👀
2️⃣ INTs | #MINvsPHI pic.twitter.com/ZGPtdreUU6
— Madden NFL 23 (@EAMaddenNFL) September 20, 2022
Sure enough after watching Darius Slay dominate and make life hard for the Vikings, current and former NFL players couldn’t help but praise the Eagles star for his incredibly clutch plays.
The likes of Melvin Gordon, Quandre Diggs, Robert Griffin III and many others made sure to give Slay his flowers for his epic display of American Football.
@bigplay24slay get up out that bag slime haha you gon cause problems with the GM upping that pay ‼️
— F L ⚡️ S H (@Melvingordon25) September 20, 2022
Darius Slay is HIM.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 20, 2022
— Nino (@qdiggs6) September 20, 2022
Here are the other reactions from around the NFL, with active and ex-players showing nothing but respect for the Eagles vet.
@bigplay24slay Colddd Blooddedddd!! https://t.co/JKuQ7eATzZ
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) September 20, 2022
OKAY!!!! @bigplay24slay BALLIN
— Alex Singleton (@alexsingleton49) September 20, 2022
Damn Slay had em another one!
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) September 20, 2022
@JordanHicks J Hicks!!! Big play
— Rodney McLeod (@Rodney_McLeod4) September 20, 2022
Some also couldn’t help but mock Kirk Cousins while praising how elite Slay is.
Big Facts https://t.co/fDRezZeORJ
— Leger Douzable (@LegerDouzable) September 20, 2022
Darius Slay has been like that!! Elite corner in the league. #Eagles
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) September 20, 2022
Darius Slay… what a performance! #MNF
— Omar C. Bolden (@OmarBolden) September 20, 2022
Both teams ended scoreless in the second half, with the contest finishing at 24-7. And true enough, the Eagles have Slay to thank for the win.