After a standout performance against the Bengals in Week 5, rookie LB Patrick Queen has been rewarded by earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his young career.
Queen’s finger prints were all over the Ravens 24-point victory and dominant defensive performance. He led the Ravens in tackles with nine, contributed in the sack department, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble and returned it for a 52-yard touchdown.
In addition to a gaudy stat line, Queen earned an impressive PFF grade of 88.7. It was a masterful performance from the former LSU Tiger, who got the best of his former collegiate teammate Joe Burrow.
Queen also put the cherry on top of the Ravens victory in the fourth quarter. With the Bengals threatening to cross midfield, a rare occasion on Sunday, Queen and Marlon Humphrey teamed up for a game-wrecking moment.
Humphrey ripped the ball loose from Bengals WR Mike Thomas, and Queen was in the right place at the right time. He scooped up the fumble and ran 52 yards untouched into the end zone.
Queen has been a healthy source of statistics and impact plays all season long, but like most rookies, inconsistencies had plagued him at times through Week 4. However, against the Bengals, Queen put everything together for his best all-around showing of the year, one that can be described as near-perfect.
The arrow is pointing up for Queen and this figures to be one of many times he represents the AFC as Defensive Player of the Week.