Patrick Surtain II Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
In a much needed win over the high-powered Los Angeles Chargers, Patrick Surtain II played possibly the best game of his young career, earning him AFC Defensive player of the Week honors.
The rookie cornerback finished a 28-13 win with five tackles, two pass deflections and two interceptions, returning one for a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Week after week, Surtain continues to show why he was one of the most highly touted prospects heading into last year's draft, shutting down opposing receivers with ease. Through eleven games, Surtain has 37 tackles, eleven pass deflections and three interceptions and has consistently looked like one of the top rookies in the class.
In his three years at Alabama, Surtain was arguably the nation's most feared cornerback, displaying elite coverage skills that made him into a highly sought after prospect. From 2018-2020, Surtain recorded 116 tackles, 24 pass deflections and four interceptions, earning both unanimous All-American and SEC Player of the Year honors in his final season.
The Broncos, now sitting at 6-5, are still very much in play for a playoff spot. With the regular season winding down, Denver's defense looks to be playing its best football of the season. If the team can find any sort of consistency from the quarterback position, they certainly have the defense capable of making a deep playoff run.