2. Xavien Howard has a chance to win Defensive Player of the Year
I won’t be negative the whole time here, which is surprising because how do you find anything positive from a 35-0 butt-kicking. But I refuse to allow Xavien Howard to have another year go by without getting the recognition he deserves because the rest of the team underperforms.
If it weren’t for Howard, Miami would be 0-2 right now. Luckily, the All-Pro cornerback stripped the ball from Patriots running back Damien Harris and recovered it as well. The takeaway sealed the game for Miami and saved them from losing a game they should have easily won.
Some people felt it wasn’t sustainable for Howard to keep his 10 interception pace, and while they may be right, creating turnovers outside of just interceptions is huge too. But do not worry, Howard can still pick the ball off too.
One of my three bold predictions was that Howard would pick off a Josh Allen pass, and Howard did just that. He slow-played the route perfectly and then jumped in front of Stefon Diggs for the impressive interception.
Howard is an elite defensive player in the NFL, not just a cornerback, and after being a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year last season, Howard has a chance to win the award this year, too.