Rice Is AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Running back Ray Rice piled up 204 rushing yards and 214 total vs. Cleveland.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 9:53 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ray Rice ran away from the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

On Tuesday, he ran away with the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, and on Friday he was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

The Ravens’ running back was honored for his career-high 204 rushing yards. Rice did it on 29 carries and added a touchdown in Baltimore’s 24-10 win.

It’s only the second time the 2009 Pro Bowler has won AFC Player of the Week honors. He did it in Week 15 last year when he ran for 153 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.

Rice is arguably having his best season.

He is first in the AFC in total yards with 1,473 (926 rushing, 547 receiving). He’s second in the NFL behind Chicago’s Matt Forte, but will pass him next week considering Forte suffered a knee injury in his last game.

Rice has set career-highs in touchdowns as well with nine on the ground and two via the air. That 11 total ranks him sixth in the NFL.

The fourth-year tailback is third in the NFL in touches with 264, one behind Houston’s Arian Foster. Knowing he was close to 200 yards this past Sunday, Rice playfully campaigned to get a shot to break the mark.

“I was like I need to get these four yards before it eats me alive,” Rice said.

 Fans can also vote for Rice for the Pro Bowl, where he currently trails Foster in voting.

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