Thomas scored the Dolphins' last touchdown that night when he returned an interception 34 yards in the fourth quarter. The play helped Thomas set a new Dolphins record for career interceptions for touchdowns with four. Thomas also finished with 12 tackles.
This is the first Defensive Player of the Week award for Thomas. The Dolphins last won this award last November when safety Brian Walker was honored for his performance in a 17-7 victory over San Diego.
Thomas has earned monthly accolades twice in his career — he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in October of 1996 and he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month in September of 1998.
Other AFC honorees for Week 1 were Denver quarterback Brian Griese (offense) and San Diego punt returner Tim Dwight (special teams).