In what seems to be a weekly occurrence a Pittsburgh Steeler was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Troy Polamalu took home the honor for the second straight week.
Troy was his studly self as he led the Steelers to a 23-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals with two interceptions, one a pick six, to go along with two tackles and two passes defended. The pick six tied the ball game at seven in the first half to spark the Steelers and the second interception ended a late drive for the Bengals.
Troy could easily win this award the next three weeks the way he has been playing. A key interception against the Bills when they were driving for a winning score, the strip sack of Joe Flacco and then this pick six is really showing people how dominant Troy can be and why he should be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.
Mike Tomlin on Troy:
“Troy had a tremendous break on the play,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “Whether or not he was baiting Carson is debatable. It was a route that he was familiar with. I think TO (Terrell Owens) was the intended receiver, and may have tripped or stumbled coming out of his break. I think that provided the necessary grass that Troy needed to come down hill on the ball and make the play. But no question, Troy was in great position and he had a great break on the ball.”
As the Steelers website link will tell you in his eight seasons Troy has won the DPOW honor five times. Not too shabby for a player most labeled as a bust after his first year.
Troy joins, himself, James Harrison who won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after week two, Lawrence Timmons who won the award after week six and Emmanuel Sanders won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after week seven.