Denver Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib started off the 2015 season with a bang, notching a pick-6, three passes defensed and three combined tackles, leading to a 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
For his efforts, he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the Broncos announced today.
This honor marks the third time in Talib's career, and second with the Broncos, that he's earned conference player of the week. His interception returned for a touchdown also marked the seventh such play of his eight-year career.
With the Broncos trailing the Ravens 13-9 at the end of the third quarter, Talib turned the four-point deficit into a Broncos lead, picking off quarterback Joe Flacco and returning it 51 yards for the score.
With how dominant the Broncos defense was on Sunday, this likely won't be the last time a player wins conference honors. From defensive line, to linebackers, to the secondary, the Broncos have the most talented defense in the league.
The poetic justice of Talib's big day vs. the Ravens was the fact that his pick-6 came off a ball intended for Steve Smith, whom Talib famously dueled in 2013 while with the New England Patriots, leading to Smith's post-game advice to "Ice up, son."
This marks the 28th time a Broncos player has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since it was initiated by the NFL in 1984.
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