Once again, the Miami Dolphins found themselves on the losing side of the scoreboard when the clock hit all zeroes on Sunday. Yes, the Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 23-21, however due to a pick-six by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Patriots’ score was a bit inflated. In fact, the defense only gave up a total of 16 points — a number that will get you a victory nearly every time you take the field.
So, when choosing a team MVP for week seventeen, I had to look at the defensive side of the ball.
Miami Dolphins Week Seventeen MVP - Zach Sieler
The Miami Dolphins boast a stud duo at the defensive tackle spot in Christian Wilkins and Zach Sieler. Wilkins often gets the headlines, but Sieler has been downright dominant for the Dolphins this season.
The 6’6”, 304 lb defender out of Ferris State remains one of the most underrated defenders in the league. We Dolphins fans understand how important he is to the success of Miami’s front-seven, yet the national media has yet to catch on.
Each week, Sieler plays with strength, power and a motor that never quits — eating up double teams and knifing through opposing offensive lines en route to tackles for loss and sacks against enemy quarterbacks.
On Sunday in New England, he collected one tackle for loss, plus one sack — which came on a big third down with the Patriots in field goal range. Sieler’s takedown of Mac Jones forced New England to punt and kept points off of the board.
For that, he gets the recognition he deserves and is my Most Valuable Phin of the week!
Week One - DB Kader Kohou
Week Two - QB Tua Tagovailoa
Week Three - S Jevon Holland
Week Four - WR Tyreek Hill
Week Five - RB Raheem Mostert
Week Six - WR Tyreek Hill
Week Seven - DB Noah Igbinoghene
Week Eight - QB Tua Tagovailoa
Week Nine - QB Tua Tagovailoa
Week Ten - RB Jeff Wilson
Week Eleven - BYE
Week Twelve - EDGE Jaelan Phillips
Week Thirteen - WR Tyreek Hill
Week Fourteen - DT Christian Wilkins
Week Fifteen - EDGE Jaelan Phillips
Week Sixteen - WR Jaylen Waddle
Week Seventeen - DT Zach Sieler