Kareem Hunt was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week’s win over the Cleveland Browns.
Hunt recorded 141 yards on 19 touches to go with three touchdowns in the 37-21 victory. The second-year running back tallied 91 of those yards on the ground.
“He sure had some nice hard yards there,” coach Andy Reid said after the game Sunday. “Like I keep saying, I have a hard time believing anybody is playing better at that position than he is right now.”
Hunt is the second Chiefs player to win the award after Patrick Mahomes received back-to-back accolades after Week 1 and Week 2.
The former third-round pick enjoyed a nice day playing in Week 9 in front of many of his hometown fans. A native of Northeast Ohio, Hunt took a 50-yard screen pass to the end zone to open up Sunday’s game.
He added a 1-yard rushing score in the second quarter and a 10-yard scamper in the third frame to help put the Browns away.
For the season, Hunt has helped the Chiefs break out to an 8-1 record.
“(He) is running very aggressively, hard, and then he can also catch,” Reid said.
The numbers back that up.
The Toledo graduate has 683 rushing yards, third most in the NFL, to pair with seven scores on the ground so far. Hunt has added 21 receptions for 312 yards and six TDs through the air.
That versatility is helping the Chiefs to a league-high 36.3 points per game.
But it was his performance last week that landed him the top spot on NFL’s weekly honors. And before the game, Hunt did something special for his people back home.
Hunt bought more than 100 tickets for the game and his mom delivered them to the players and coaches at his high school alma mater.
“It’s a dream come true that I’m able to do something like that,” he said. “It’s a stadium I used to drive by almost every day.”
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas took the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, while Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
For special teams, Miami Dolphins punter Matt Haack won the AFC award and San Francisco 49ers punter Bradley Pinion won the NFC award.