HONORS KEEP COMING IN

As expected, defensive end Jason Taylor was honored Wednesday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Dolphins' 23-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

It was the second time this season Taylor won the award. He also was recognized for his work in the 24-22 victory at Denver.

With the award, Taylor becomes the third Dolphins player in the last four years to be named AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in the same season.

Sam Madison was honored three times in 1999, while Zach Thomas won the award twice last year.

The work of Taylor, who also was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October and November, hasn't gone unnoticed by the Dolphins' next opponents, the Minnesota Vikings.

"He's phenomenal," said Vikings head coach Mike Tice. "I thought the Raiders didn't give him enough respect. I thought that was silly of them. You've got to scheme for him."

When asked whether facing Taylor would be a big test for Vikings rookie offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, Tice replied: "It will be, for the three guys we'll have on him. You know the thing 'Find Waldo'; well, we've got to find Jason.

"You've got to give the great players respect. He's got prolific speed. If you don't account for him, you'd be a fool."


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