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Posted Oct 11, 2017

Dolphins: At the quarter point of the season, who is your Dolphins MVP?

Andy Cohen: It obviously has to go to the defense and there are several worthy candidates. My conclusion: It’s a toss-up between linebacker Kiko Alonso and safety Reshad Jones, but I’m going to do with Jones because he has made more impactful plays, most notably his fumble return for a score against the Titans. Jones has shown in the first four games that he is now injury-free and playing at perhaps the highest level of his career.

John Congemi: My MVP after four games is safety Reshad Jones. This was a close call for me between Jones and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso was considered because of the amount of tackles and his adjusting back to the outside linebacker position. He's been all over the field and his consistent play has made this linebacking group a strength of the team. The difference for me is when Jones makes a spectacular play, it turns into points that this team desperately needs because of how the offense has struggled early in the season.

Alain Poupart: This clearly has to go to a defensive player, where the Dolphins are allowing 17 points a game and are among the best in the league at stopping the run. From this end, the most consistently solid player in the first four games of the season was defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He was a factor in every game and one of the main reasons opponents are averaging only 3.1 yards per rushing attempt against the Dolphins.

NFL: What was your biggest takeaway from Week 5:

Cohen: That the surprise team of the league is the Jacksonville Jaguars. I truthfully expected them to be one of the bottom tier teams, and I never expected their defense to be this good. But you go into Pittsburgh and shut down that Steelers offense to the tune of a 30-9 victory and it’s clear you’ve got something going. Despite the up-and-down play of quarterback Blake Bortles, the Jaguars are 3-2 and seem as if they’ll be in the playoff race throughout the season.

Congemi: The shocker in week five was the Jacksonville Jaguars going up to Pittsburgh and dismantling the Steelers, forcing quarterback Ben Roethisberger into five interceptions and winning easily 30-9. If the Jags are going to win more games like this, they'll need running back Leonard Fournette to stay healthy. His 181 yards and two touchdowns masked the inefficiencies of the Jacksonville pass offense. Also, the Jets won for the third straight week, defeating the Cleveland Browns to push their record to 3-2 and pull even with the Bills and Patriots atop the AFC East. I never thought that I would be writing that last sentence a month ago!

Poupart: There were several things that stood out in Week 5, including Kansas City’s continued excellence on offense and Aaron Rodgers working some late-game magic, but the choice here was Jacksonville’s impressive victory at Pittsburgh. The Jaguars’ five interceptions against Ben Roethlisberger was impressive enough, even more so when you consider that two of them were pick-sixes. Jacksonville has a real good secondary, led by 2016 high draft pick Jalen Ramsey, and a budding superstar at running back in rookie Leonard Fournette, and a run at a division title certainly looks realistic, especially with Houston having lost J.J. Watt for the season.

POP: With the release of the new Star Wars trailer, who is your favorite Star Wars character?

Cohen: Have to go with the Grand Master of the Jedi Order himself, Yoda. Called by some one of the most remarkable non-human characters ever created, Yoda is the soul of Star Wars, an off-the-charts intelligent mentor who challenged his pupils to figure things out on their own. Who can forget how he trained Luke Skywalker to fight against the Galactic Empire. Besides, anybody who lives 900 years immediately gets my respect.

Congemi: I've never really been a Star Wars fan, so I'll just say Darth Vader. From the costume, and the dark image he projects, and the fact that he looks like he could play linebacker for the Raiders.

Poupart: I wish I could say I’m as excited about the new Star Wars as many people are, but that would not be accurate. I did see the first trilogy way back when and did see two or three of the next one (it’s been so long I don’t remember), and I’d say my favorite character had to be Yoda mainly because of the interesting way he spoke.

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