Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller’s fast start to his comeback season was rewarded Thursday morning by being named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.
Miller earned the award for the fourth time in his career, tying him with quarterback Peyton Manning and running back Terrell Davis for most conference players of the month in Broncos history.
Miller also won the award in November 2012 (eight sacks), October ’14 (seven sacks) and September ’16 (four sacks).
Entering Sunday’s game against Baltimore, Miller’s four sacks are tied for fourth in the NFL (second in the AFC) and his six tackles for lost yardage are tied for most in the league with Buffalo linebacker Matt Milano.
Miller missed all of 2020 with an ankle injury sustained days before the season opener.
In three games this year, per The Denver Post’s game charting, Miller has 8 1/2 total “disruptions” (four sacks, two knockdowns and 2 1/2 pressures).
“When you look at the (Broncos’) defense, you have to deal with a lot of things, but it starts with him,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s the centerpiece. He’s the game-wrecker. He has been for a long time.”
Here’s a look at the Broncos who have won the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award:
|Rulon Jones||DE||October 1986|
|Dennis Smith||S||October 1989|
|Karl Mecklenberg||LB||November 1989|
|Simon Fletcher||LB||December 1991|
|Deltha O’Neal||CB||October 2001|
|Champ Bailey||CB||November 2005|
|Champ Bailey||CB||October 2006|
|Von Miller||LB||November 2012|
|Von Miller||LB||October 2014|
|DeMarcus Ware||LB||September 2015|
|Von Miller||LB||September 2016|
|Von Miller||LB||September 2021|
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