Olivier Vernon wins AFC defensive player of the week

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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.

The Dolphins defensive end had 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Dolphins’ blasting of the Jets.

Granted, it was against the Jets, but he led a defensive attack which allowed just 177 yards of total offense.

Vernon has 5.5 sacks in the last three games, giving him 10.0 for the season. 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.