In just his second career game, Baltimore Ravens’ rookie outside linebacker Odafe Oweh helped propel his team to an upset win over Patrick Mahomes and the vaunted Kansas City Chiefs. They had previously failed to accomplish this feat in their past three meetings.
For his contributions and clutch performance this past Sunday night in primetime, the first-year edge defender received AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The first-round pick made his presence felt early and often against the Chiefs. He made a pair plays in the second half to spark the Ravens comeback and ultimately seal the victory.
The first was a key pressure that forced Mahomes into an ill-advised throw, which resulted in a turnover via interception. The second was a forced fumble that Oweh recovered himself, to end a potential game-winning drive for Kansas City.
"We don't win the game without the way he played," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
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Oweh is off to an incredibly hot start to his rookie season and if can continue to elevate his game as well as make impactful plays each week, many more accolades will be in-store.
"I just try to work hard every day in practice, try to work on what I'm going to see in the game and then just try to ball out and put it all in God's hands in the game," Oweh said. "So, obviously, I want to impact the game, every game I play, but I'm just out there 'hooping,' just trying to play."