Before Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, few people had even heard of running back Bobby Rainey. Now he’s quickly becoming a household name for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and garnering some accolades in the process.
After a breakout performance that included three 163 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, he’s been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11.
He beat out Michael Floyd, Marshawn Lynch, Eli Manning, Josh McCown, LeSean McCoy, Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, who threw three touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards in a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots.
Rainey becomes the first Buccaneer to win the award since Doug Martin in Week 9 last year, in which he rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards against the Oakland Raiders. He is the fifth running back in team history to win the award, and the third to do so in his first season with the team, along with Martin and Warrick Dunn.
Rainey is the first player in franchise history with at least two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game.
Rainey became just the fourth NFL player in the last ten years to have 160 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game, joining Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden and LaDainian Tomlinson.
And how’s this for a stat? Rainey became the first player since running back Edgerrin James in 1999 to record at least 150 rushing yards, two touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game in a player’s first 10 games.