ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — On the heels of his game-changing interception in the Broncos’ 23-22 comeback win over the Chargers, Von Miller has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11, the NFL announced.
Miller’s third-quarter interception of Philip Rivers and ensuing 42-yard return gave the Broncos the football at the Los Angeles 18-yard line and led to a Royce Freeman touchdown. Following Miller’s big play, the Broncos went on a 16-3 run to overcome a 12-point deficit.
He also recorded a first-half sack, which marked his 100th career sack (including postseason). Only four players have reached that mark faster than Miller, who got there in 121 games.
Miller has notched a sack in five consecutive games and is within 4.0 sacks of Simon Fletcher’s 97.5 career sacks, which rank first in franchise history.
Miller, who has received AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors four times, has now won the award more than any other player in Broncos history. He also holds the franchise mark for AFC Defensive Player of the Month nods, as he’s won that award on three occasions.
Former linebacker Karl Mecklenburg and Miller previously shared the franchise’s AFC Defensive Player of the Week record with three wins apiece.
Miller last won the award in Week 2 of the 2016 season after posting seven tackles, three sacks and a game-sealing forced fumble.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 7) and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month, October) have also received conference recognition this season.