Broncos Defender Wins Player of the Month Honors

Devon Platana
A Denver Broncos defender has won player of the month honors now that the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season are in the books.
A Denver Broncos defender has won player of the month honors now that the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season are in the books. / Al Pereira/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos were the worst team in the AFC West last season, finishing 2020 with a 5-11 record. Fast forward to the 2021 campaign and things couldn't be more different. Denver is 3-0 to start the new campaign and a big part of that has been due to the team boasting one of the league's best defenses.

Now that September is over, one of the Broncos' top defenders is being recognized with Player of the Month honors.

NFL Defensive Player of the Month

Longtime Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month. Not only is the award well deserved, but it's also a welcomed surprise after the 32-year-old missed all of 2020 with an ankle injury.

Miller has been off to a hot start in 2021. Of his 8 total tackles so far this season, 6 of them have been for a loss — the highest total in the league so far. He's also recorded 4.0 sacks, which is already half as many as he had in 2019. The 4.0 sacks are tied for the fourth-most in the league, and the 10 pressures he's generated are tied for the fifth-best mark in the NFL.

What's more impressive is that Miller has accomplished the above while playing just 74% of Denver's defensive snaps. That's the lowest percentage he's played since the 48% he recorded as a sophomore.

In other words, Miller hasn't lost a step since suffering that season-ending ankle injury. His play this year has helped the Broncos allow a league-low 8.7 points per game while surrendering the second-fewest total yards per game (221.7).

Defensive Player of the Year Odds

If Miller can continue this level of play throughout the 2021 NFL season, there's no reason why he can't compete for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

His odds currently sit at +3000, putting him in a four-way tie for eighth-best odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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