Rice Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Ray Rice capped the 2011 regular season with a 191-yard performance vs. Cincy.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 9:04 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ray Rice finished the season on a tear.

On Tuesday, he fittingly capped it off with an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

The Ravens’ Pro Bowl running back earned the honor for the second time in the season’s final five weeks.

This time, he ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns (70- and 51-yard scores) against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Ravens’ critical Week 17 win. He previously won the award after putting up 204 rushing yards and a touchdown against Cleveland in Week 13.

Prior to this year, Rice had only once been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 15, 2010), thus showing that he is being more widely recognized as one of the conference’s top threats.

Rice finished the year as the NFL’s leader in total offensive yards from scrimmage (2,068). He finished second in the NFL to Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew in rushing yards (1,364).

It doesn’t stop there.

His 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in the NFL. Rice’s 15 total touchdowns were fourth-most. His 704 receiving yards are a career-high, and he led the Ravens in receptions (76). His average rush per carry rose 0.7 yards this season.

Rice has definitely made a believer out of linebacker Terrell Suggs, who said after the Cincinnati win that he’s always been a “big Ray Rice and offensive line fan.”

“I strongly believe in our running game, and I strongly believe in our offensive line being in the trenches with us,” he said.

“When they’re good, we’re great. When our offensive line dominates and Ray is running behind them, a lot of good things happen as you can all clearly see throughout the course of our season. When our offensive line is playing great and Ray’s running the ball, we’re winning games. That’s all that matters.”

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