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Dont’a Hightower is the AFC defensive player of the week

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots sacks Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quater of the game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots were trailing the Bengals 14-10 in the third quarter of last Sunday’s game when linebacker Dont’a Hightower made a big play.

With the Bengals backed up against their end zone, Hightower got past the Bengals blockers and dropped quarterback Andy Dalton for a safety. The play cut the Bengals lead to two and sparked a run that would erase it in short order.

The Patriots would outscore the Bengals 23-3 the rest of the way in a 35-17 win that lifted New England’s record to 5-1 on the season. Hightower added 13 tackles and another half-sack to the stat sheet, which all added up to enough to make him the choice as the AFC defensive player of the week.

It’s the first time Hightower has taken weekly honors and the fourth time that a Patriots player has been honored with such an award this season. Running back LeGarrette Blount was also named the AFC’s offensive player of the month for September.

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13 Responses to “Dont’a Hightower is the AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. chuckshontaspads says: Oct 19, 2016 10:00 AM

    Highest priority to sign, then Collins, Sheard and Butler.

  2. 60ftlesbianoctopus says: Oct 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    A safety and 13 tackles get you AFC defensive player of the week? Seems lacking.

  3. Flash1287 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:39 AM

    60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:03 AM
    A safety and 13 tackles get you AFC defensive player of the week? Seems lacking.

    Yes, that and 1.5 sacks

  4. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    chuckshontaspads says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:00 AM
    Highest priority to sign, then Collins, Sheard and Butler.

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    I would say that Collins is the highest priority….he is the best player on the Pats D.

  5. floriosnuts says: Oct 19, 2016 10:52 AM

    Cool beans! That Safety was HUGE in that game.

  6. unbreakable02215 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    Dude is a Baller.

  7. 3andone says: Oct 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    “I would say that Collins is the highest priority‚Ķ.he is the best player on the Pats D.”

    Collins is definitely the most gifted athlete on the defense, but he does not where the green dot nearly as well as Hightower. so as Nhpats stated Hi, Collins, Sheard and Butler!

  8. daddeeo says: Oct 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    Great achievement. Now please stay healthy!!!!

  9. plum54 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:25 AM

    Let’s not forget he had a safety the week before too!

  10. spammerscrammer says: Oct 19, 2016 11:43 AM

    Well deserved.
    Hightower seemed to be everywhere, making big plays left right, and on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage.
    To top it all, he was handling the helmet-with-the-green-dot duties.
    Just awesome.

  11. chuckshontaspads says: Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    Collins is the most athletic and flashiest player on the defense, Hightower is the best player.

  12. 60ftlesbianoctopus says: Oct 19, 2016 12:07 PM

    Apparently no one understands sarcasm.

  13. streetyson says: Oct 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    Oct 19, 2016 10:03 AM
    A safety and 13 tackles get you AFC defensive player of the week? Seems lacking.
    1 78

    60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    Oct 19, 2016 12:07 PM
    Apparently no one understands sarcasm.
    —————————————————
    No, you apparently just can’t write sarcasm anyway near as well as you think.

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