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Wilson named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Oct 12, 2011


In the first half of last Sunday’s game George Wilson was ubiquitous posting nine tackles, three pass breakups and an interception in Buffalo’s 31-24 win over Philadelphia. By game’s end he led the team with 11 takedowns and added a quarterback hit in for good measure. It all added up to earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Wilson’s first-half interception was one of four the Bills made off Michael Vick in the seven-point victory.

“It’s about opportunities,” said Wilson. “We were able to get some pressure Sunday and force him to make some quick throws, quicker than he would like to and we were able to get our hands on a few balls.”  

The interception by Wilson was his third in as many weeks as he now leads the team in that defensive category. The Bills strong safety also leads the squad in tackles and pass breakups thus far this season.

Wilson’s production in his first season as a full-time starter has not gone to his head and stresses that his teammates aren’t content with their 4-1 start.

“I had a good first half, made a few plays in the second half, but by no means have we arrived as a team and I certainly haven’t arrived as a safety in this league,” he said. “We always have room for corrections. We’re going to continue to push the envelope. We enjoy the victory because wins in this league are hard to come by and you have to cherish them. By no means are we satisfied with our performance. We can play a lot better. We’re just happy we played well enough to get the win.”

The last Bills defensive player to win AFC Player of the Week honors was Drayton Florence, who won it in Week 11 of the 2010 season.