Dont'a Hightower named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Dont'a Hightower has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Week 6 against the Bengals. 

The Patriots linebacker had a game high 13 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits. One of those sacks resulted in a safety that changed the entire landscape of the game for New England, helping them to the eventual 35-17 victory.

The momentum shifting safety caused by Hightower jolted the Patriots to outscore the Cincy 25-3 from that point forward. 

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This is the fifth time a Patriots player has earned an NFL honor this season. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards in Weeks 1 and 3 respectively. LeGarrette Blount was the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for Stepteber and Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after their Week 5 win over the Browns. 

This is the first time in Hightower's career that he's received this honor and the first time a Patriots defensive player was given the award since Chandler Jones got it in Week 2 of the 2014 season. 

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