Buffalo N.Y. (WGR 550) - On a short week and going back to Detroit to face the Lions on Thanksgiving, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver comes away with AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a 28-25 win this past Thursday.
Oliver finished the Thanksgiving Day win with six total tackles, a sack that resulted in a safety, and a quarterback hit. In addition, one of Oliver's best plays of the day came when he forced a fumble on Lions running back Jamaal Williams and also ended up wih the recovery.
That big play on defense eventually lead to a Josh Allen four-yard rushing touchdown that gave the Bills a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
In the third quarter after Buffalo committed a costly red zone turnover, Oliver took advantage of going against two backup guards and helped give the Bills two points with a sack of quarterback Jared Goff in the end zone for the safety.
The 24-year-old defensive tackle continues to look more-and-more impressive with each week, as he has already produced 22 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
This marks the first time that Oliver has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in his four-year career.
So far this season, Oliver is the third defensive player for Buffalo to be named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. It is the second week in-a-row that a Bills defender has earned the weekly NFL honor, as linebacker Matt Milano was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 11 performance against the Cleveland Browns.
Jordan Poyer is Buffalo's other defensive player to be named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week this season, earning the honor back in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens.