— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 19, 2016
Just one week after Tom Brady grabbed AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards, Dont’a Hightower did on the other side of the ball.
Hightower was incredible on Sunday. Without Jamie Collins alongside him, he stepped up and threw the defense on his back, recording 13 total tackles and 1.5 sacks, including one which forced a safety and turned the game around for the Pats.
Down 10-7, the Bengals scored on their first drive of the second half and had just regained possession. Despite being deep in their own territory, the Cincy offense had sliced through the Pats’ D the previous drive, and there weren’t any signs they’d be slowing down.
That is, until Dont’a Hightower showed up.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) October 16, 2016
Slung Andy Dalton to the ground for a safety.
And obviously his play last weekend in Cleveland didn’t factor in to him winning this award, but just for good measure, I’ll throw in the video of his sack/safety in that game.
Cleveland Browns Third String QB Cody Kessler Leaves Game With Injury After Taking Big Hit From Pats Dont’a Hightower pic.twitter.com/3tVbPymEBS
— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) October 9, 2016
So congrats to Boom for holding it down alone and bringing in some hardware. Playing like that without Collins and an underrated Jonathan Freeny is a big deal, but I guess we should expect it from #54 by now.