He was the spark the Bills needed to turn the game around with his interception at the goal line of a game in which Buffalo trailed winless Miami 14-9 late in the third quarter. Tre’Davious White then followed that up with a forced fumble deep in Dolphins territory midway through the fourth quarter that led to another touchdown for Buffalo in what wound up being a 10-point win.
White’s Week 7 performance was rewarded by the league Wednesday as Buffalo’s top cornerback was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
“We just pride ourselves on taking the ball away and getting teams to settle for field goals,” said White. “We made the key plays when the team needed them. That’s what we did.”
White’s two takeaways turned a five-point Bills deficit into a 10-point lead, as Buffalo’s offense turned the two turnovers into 15 points with a pair of touchdowns, a two-point conversion and an extra point.
“He finds a way to come up with big plays in some tough moments,” said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. “It just speaks to his intestinal fortitude, his heart, his desire and his confidence that he's a big play guy. He believes that and then he acts on it when he gets an opportunity. So, there's no situation too big for him, no circumstance that scares him. You've seen it from the day he's gotten you're put him on the best receivers, even as a rookie. And to deal with that and to find ways to make big plays just speaks to his toughness, his mental toughness and his work ethic as well.”
His Week 7 performance marked the second time this season that White has posted a pair of takeaways in the same game. In Week 3, White had two interceptions in the win over Cincinnati.
For White, this is the first time he’s earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He was previously named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month in September of 2017.