A day after being named to his second straight Pro Bowl, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has also been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
NFC Players of Week 15— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) December 21, 2016
O: Devonta Freeman, Atl
D: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, GB
ST: Brad Wing, NYG pic.twitter.com/b3Ctqlu8QB
The Falcons ground attack benefited from facing the worst run defense in the league in the San Francisco 49ers. Freeman went off for 139 yards on only 20 carries (7.0 avg) with 3 TDs. He added 2 catches for 16 yards as well.
Interestingly, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are the first Falcons QB-WR-RB trio to all win Offensive Player of the Week in the same season. It’s little wonder that all three players were selected to the Pro-Bowl this year.
Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones are the first QB-RB-WR trio in Falcons history to win Offensive Player... https://t.co/3HCWCeU3bG— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) December 21, 2016
Devonta’s success has been even more impressive when you consider that he’s not a true “lead back” for the Falcons. Sharing carries with 2nd year RB Tevin Coleman has reduced his carries, but has also kept him fresh in the tail-end of the season. He’s also averaging a very healthy 4.6 yards per carry. There’s little doubt that he’s having yet another strong season, and he’s a big factor in the Falcons offensive success this year.
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