Miami Dolphins’ Olivier Vernon AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Vernon’s seven-tackle and three-sack performance against the Jets brings his sack total to 10.5 on the year and the teams to 37. In the past three weeks, Vernon has been unstoppable and this could make the Miami pass rush more dangerous if teams continue to double-team fellow defensive end Cameron Wake.
As it stands now, Vernon is fifth in the NFL in sacks, just five behind Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts. Even with the type of season Vernon is having, he more than likely won’t get voted into the Pro Bowl. A big part of that is the fact that most of his sacks have not come until the last few weeks and he is behind the likes of the Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, the Kansas City Chiefs Justin Houston and the previously mentioned Robert Mathis.
Moving forward, the Dolphins take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in a matchup featuring two teams on the outside of the playoffs looking in. The 6-6 Dolphins are in another must win game if they hope to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens who also hold the same record as well as the final playoff spot and a tiebreak advantage over the Dolphins. Miami is facing a must-win scenario from now until the end of the season and will need Baltimore to lose once if Miami hopes to sneak in the back door and get to the playoffs.