AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

Tackles aren't a certified NFL stat. While they do track them on play-by-play transcripts within a given game, each coaching staff tallies up its team's tackles when it reviews game film.

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung unofficially recorded 16 tackles, including one for a loss, in Sunday's 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium. That unofficially places him second in the NFL by one tackle.

He officially established himself as a player opponents must keep their heads on a swivel to find.

The Patriots drafted Chung last year with the 34th overall selection, acquired from Kansas City in the trade for quarterback Matt Cassel and outside linebacker Mike Vrabel. Chung started only one game as a rookie, but was in the opening-day lineup because incumbent free safety Brandon McGowan was placed on season-ending injured reserve a week earlier.

ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said: "Chung is starting to remind me of a young Lawyer Milloy. He has a good knowledge of the game, is a hard worker, is physical and tackles very well."