Another Award for Taylor

This is becoming old hat for Jason Taylor. For the second time in three weeks, he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, this time for his performance in the 24-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Against the Vikings, Taylor had five tackles, an interception that he returned for a touchdown, a sack and two forced fumbles.

With the Dolphins trailing 13-10 early in the fourth quarter, Taylor stripped the ball from running back Chester Taylor after the Vikings had a first-and-10 from the Miami 33, and Yeremiah Bell recovered. Then, after the Dolphins had taken a 17-13 lead, the Vikings had a first-and-10 from the Dolphins' 47 with less than four minutes to play. Taylor snared a Johnson pass out of the air and went 51 yards for a touchdown.

Combined with his 20-yard interception return for a touchdown against Chicago, Taylor became just the sixth Dolphins player to have two interception returns for touchdowns in the same season. It also was the seventh touchdown of his career, tying him with former New York Giant George Martin for the most ever by an NFL defensive lineman.

"The more you see, the more you can diagnose plays, know what's coming and know what is going on," Taylor said after the Minnesota game. "My second year in the league, I probably wouldn't have made that play. I would have been way up the field tying to get the quarterback. It's experience, but it is also the guys around me. We all play off each other. It is not a one-man deal. This isn't golf or tennis. I am just very fortunate to have the teammates I have."

This is Taylor's seventh Player of the Week honor of his career, tying him for fifth-most by a defensive player since the award was instituted in 1984.

Taylor also was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for both October and November in 2002.


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