After the Buffalo Bills dominated the New England Patriots on Monday night, some speculated that quarterback Josh Allen would win his fifth AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season. Instead, it was his teammate and top target bestowed with the award.
Stefon Diggs was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his dominant performance in Week 16. Diggs was targeted 11 times, hauling in nine passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
The first touchdown displayed his speed, as he turned a ten-yard crossing route into a 50-yard touchdown. The second touchdown showcased his toughness, as Diggs made a catch over the middle, withstood a big hit in between two Patriots’ defenders, and stayed on his feet to make it to the end zone. The third touchdown showcased his sheer talent, as Diggs made a sliding grab in the back of the end zone with a corner draped all over him.
Diggs is having a career year, and he’s rewritten the Bills’ record books in the process. He’s the current franchise leader in receptions (120) and receiving yards (1,459) in a single season, surpassing records previously held by Eric Moulds, who had 100 catches in 2002 and 1,368 receiving yards in 1998.
Diggs is the first Bills receiver since Andre Reed to be named Offensive Player of the Week. Reed won the distinction in a 27-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 of the 1994 season. In that game, the Hall of Fame wideout set career highs in receptions and receiving yards, hauling in 15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.