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Matt Moore (yes, Matt Moore) wins AFC offensive player of the week

Matt Moore,  Allen Bailey

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) passes over Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey (97) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Moore passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 31-3 win over the Chiefs. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


The best offensive player in the AFC is Matt Moore. At least for this week.

At the start of the season I would have thought Moore, the Dolphins’ backup quarterback, had about as good a chance of winning a Player of the Week award as I did. But Moore, who’s now the starter in Miami with Chad Henne injured, has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9.

Moore had a sensational game in the Dolphins’ first victory of the season, throwing for 224 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs. His 147.5 passer rating was the third highest for a single game in team history.

Although Moore hasn’t exactly had the most stellar of careers, this is actually the second time that Moore has received an honor from the league office: He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December of 2007.