Von Miller's Game Against Tampa Bay Helps Bid For NFL Defensive Player of Year

By Mark Stringer
Ron Chenoy – US Presswire

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller has already been in the conversation for the NFL‘s Defensive Player of the Year Award and after his team’s 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13, Miller’s chances really improved.

Miller played an outstanding game in which he had six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and an interception that he took back 26 yards for a touchdown. Up until now, the sacks and forced fumbles were typical for Miller, but the pick six will definitely get the league’s attention in regards to the award voting.

Miller now has a total of 53 tackles, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception. If he continues to play at this level through the Broncos’ final four games this season, Miller may end up with numbers deserving of the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Miller’s competition right now is Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt and San Francisco 49ers DE Aldon Smith. Watt has 59 tackles, 15.5 sacks and one forced fumble while Smith has 51 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for the year.

All of these guys are well deserving candidates for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, but I think Miller has done a little more for a team that needed a defensive player to lead it more than any other team. Then to add the five forced fumbles and interception returned for a touchdown in the division clinching game is just icing on the cake.


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