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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman named NFC offensive player of the week

Freeman is having a good week, ya’ll.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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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