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Jordan Poyer named AFC Defensive Player of the Week


He was instrumental in helping the Bills to erase a 17-point deficit and complete a second-half comeback last Sunday with a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions. Jordan Poyer's exploits in the Bills' Week 4 win over the Ravens (23-20) also earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Poyer posted a pair of interceptions off Lamar Jackson on back-to-back Baltimore possessions in the fourth quarter. The most critical came with four minutes left in regulation. With the game tied at 20, and the Ravens facing a 4th-and-goal at the Bills two-yard line, Poyer raced to a wide-open Devin Duvernay in the back right corner of Buffalo's end zone to make a game-saving interception.

"I was just able to kind of play with some vision and just take advantage of the throw that he made," said Poyer of his second takeaway of the game. "We were able to come back and keep our heads straight. We didn't blink and we found a way to win."

It was Poyer's first career multi-interception game. The veteran safety has posted an interception in each of the first three games he's played this season making him the first Bills player to do so since fellow safety Henry Jones did it in 1992.

Poyer's four interceptions this season currently lead the NFL.

"He's extremely valuable to our success as a defense," said Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. "The fact that we're missing Micah (Hyde) now has raised his value from a leadership standpoint, as well as a play-making standpoint for us as a defense. His leadership, his play-making ability, just the things that rub off on the young players. To have him in there alongside of a young Damar Hamlin at safety was big for our defense (Sunday)."

Buffalo's offense turned Poyer's second interception into a game-winning field goal drive with time expiring on Tyler Bass' game-winning 21-yard field goal.

This is the second time Poyer has been honored by the league since joining the Bills. Back in December of 2017, Poyer was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.

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