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Von Miller wins AFC defensive player of the week honors

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Von Miller might have lost the league sack lead this week, but he did win AFC defensive player of the week honors.

Miller had three sacks and two forced fumbles in the Broncos’ 30-23 win over the Chargers.

He now has 13 sacks on the season, and it took Aldon Smith’s 5.5 against the Bears to knock him out of the league’s top spot.

Miller’s 24.5 sacks in 25 games are the most in the same span since Derrick Thomas had 25 in his first 25.

Miller and Smith have a friendly back and forth going on, and it’s amazing watching them change games on a weekly basis.

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13 Responses to “Von Miller wins AFC defensive player of the week honors”
  1. kleppnasty says: Nov 21, 2012 12:52 PM

    As a 9ers fan I was very mad when Von was drafted before the 9ers could get him, but so glad that Balke and Harbaugh know their stuff and got Aldon Smith instead. Both of these guys are just flat out amazing to watch.

  2. sixjak says: Nov 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    Bravo. Well deserved.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Nov 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    The only thing that’s more impressive is that in every interview all Von talks about is how he has much more to improve on.

    Dude isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s a force in the run game as well.

    Great pick Elway (I wanted Marcel Dariaus)

  4. ColfaxDenver says: Nov 21, 2012 1:02 PM

    Von The Thriller Miller. Best dancer on the team.

  5. Carolina Bronco says: Nov 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    I’m a Broncos fan that wanted Marcell Dareus too. I guess there’s a reason John Elway runs the team rather than me! Miller is a beast.

  6. supremekingz says: Nov 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Bravo to Von Miller.

    And shame on the people who say Aldon’s a one trick pony. It’s hard to get tackles for a loss, when teams are in pass-only mode. PLUS, this is Aldon Smith’s first year as a starter. He came off the bench last year behind Parys Haralson

    Both are excellent. Really, it’s like arguing Calvin Johnson vs Andre Johnson vs Fitz. Both are great players for their team. That draft class will go down in history

  7. beeroncos says: Nov 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    Best draft pick DEN has had in years. This kid is amazing! Smith is a damn fine player as well. Neither team has anything to complain about.

  8. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    people calling aldon smith 1 trick pony haven’t seen the games… he is playing every down and he has bag full of tricks… he can rush outside, inside, bull rush the tackle… heck he can even make a smith sandwich…

  9. jasonseay11 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    Both Miller and Smith are studs… and Aldon Smith has 29 sacks in his first 26 which is the record… Unless Von breaks that this weekend.

  10. shootscuz says: Nov 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Very happy for Von. Not only is he a great player but a great person. At 13 sacks he has now given $13000 to charity. I have a feeling that number will rise. I am a bit surprised Aldon didn’t win it after 5.5 sacks. Anyone know who won last week? I hope it was Von because he was absolutely insane in that Panthers game!

  11. oaktown49er says: Nov 21, 2012 2:26 PM

    Both Miller and Smith are great players. They can rush the passer and stop the run. Anyone who calls either overrated, hasn’t watched them play. And to think Blaine Gabbert was available when each of these teams picked (sorry for the unnecessary shot)

  12. frostymugobeer says: Nov 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    shootscuz says:Nov 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Very happy for Von. Not only is he a great player but a great person. At 13 sacks he has now given $13000 to charity. I have a feeling that number will rise. I am a bit surprised Aldon didn’t win it after 5.5 sacks. Anyone know who won last week? I hope it was Von because he was absolutely insane in that Panthers game!

    Aldon cant win “AFC DPOW” he plays in the NFC.

  13. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 21, 2012 3:58 PM

    So glad that Elway went against the Broncos faithful (as stated most of us wanted Dareus) for his first pick because Von Miller reminded him of the defender he feared most Derrick Thomas.

    Both Smith and Miller are great players, both teams are happy with who they have and I’m sure 30 other teams would take either one in a second if they had the chance!

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