Olivier Vernon wins AFC defensive player of the week
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 4, 2013
Miami Dolphins second-year defensive end Olivier Vernon was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant play against the New York Jets Vernon recorded a career-high 2.5 sacks and 10 tackles in Miami’s 23-3 victory over New York. If not for Justin Tuck freaking out with 4.0 sacks on Sunday night, we’d probably be talking more about Olivier Vernon’s outburst. Vernon has 5.5 sacks in the last three games, giving him 10.0 for the season. Vernon leads the Dolphins with 10.0 sacks and has been one of the team’s biggest surprises this year. And his progression in his second year has allowed the Dolphins to bring rookie Dion Jordan along slowly this year, since Vernon and Cameron Wake are playing at a high level. The win put the Dolphins back at .500 and keeps them in the race for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Granted, it was against the Jets, but he led a defensive attack which allowed just 177 yards of total offense.