It was a game to remember for Kansas City Chiefs' cornerback Mike Hughes on Sunday, and it caught the attention of the National Football League.
Hughes was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after recording a team-leading nine tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Chiefs' victory over Las Vegas. His fumble recovery – which marked the first time since 2019 that a team scored a defensive touchdown within the first 30 seconds of a game – set the tone for the afternoon in what turned out to be a dominant performance.
It was the first of five takeaways for Kansas City on the day, including two forced fumbles by Hughes that made the former first-round pick the first player to tally two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a single game since Seattle Seahawks' safety Jamal Adams did so in 2019. It's a feat that's only happened eight times since 2000.
The performance helped Hughes earn the first "Player of the Week" award of his career, and with a major matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers looming on Thursday Night Football, Hughes will look to carry that momentum into Week 15.