The calendar has moved to December, which means it is time for a Miami Dolphins player to be named an AFC Player of the Week. In September, receiver and returner Jakeem Grant was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1. In October, wide receiver Albert Wilson was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 6. In November, punter Matt Haack made the list as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 9. And in December?
Xavien Howard has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13.
Against the Buffalo Bills, Howard, who leads the NFL in interceptions this season, recorded two more picks. He also finished the game with four tackles and two passes defensed. He has become a shutdown, ball hawking cornerback, and he is now starting to get recognized for it.
Howard has four interceptions in the last two games and seven on the season. He will look to continue his hot streak this week as the Dolphins host the New England Patriots in the second half of their annual home-and-home series. New England beat Miami in Week 4 38-7.