Defensive end Jason Taylor just might be playing the best football of his career these days, and his impressive work hasn't gone unnoticed around the league.

Taylor was honored Wednesday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Dolphins' 24-22 victory over Denver.

In that game, Taylor had six tackles, two sacks, nine quarterback pressures, a pass defensed, and he forced a fumble by Denver running back Mike Anderson that was recovered by Dolphins defensive tackle Larry Chester at the Miami 1-yard line.

"It was a good game," Taylor said. "Hopefully, I can duplicate that this week. My teammates helped me out, I was just the one to get the glory for it."

It's the first time in Taylor's career he has won this award and it's also the first time since the award was instituted in 1984 that had a Dolphins defensive lineman won it during the regular season. Defensive end Trace Armstrong was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 1999 first-round playoff victory at Seattle.

Considering the way he's been playing lately, it might not be the last time Taylor wins this award this season.

"He's off the chains," said Dolphins safety Arturo Freeman. "He's doing some things this year, you just hope he can continue his hot start."

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