Patrick Mahomes Earns AFC Offensive Player of the Week Honors


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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes put together his best game of the season in last Sunday’s victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, and in addition to securing an enormous win over a division rival, the performance also earned him some hardware.

Mahomes was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after completing 35-of-50 passes for 406 yards and five touchdowns against Las Vegas. It marked the third performance of Mahomes’ young career with 400+ passing yards and 5+ touchdowns, matching Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Joe Montana for the most such games in NFL history.

That statistical output helped Mahomes maintain his perfect record on the road against divisional opponents (11-0), as he now trails only Joe Montana (20 straight) and Peyton Manning (12 straight) for the longest streak to begin a career since 1970.

The 2018 NFL MVP currently leads the league in completions (271) while ranking second in passing yards (2,940) and touchdowns (25).

This marks the seventh time that Mahomes has earned “Player of the Week” honors, matching legendary return-man Dante Hall for the second-most in franchise history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas earned more such awards.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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