Ray Rice Named AFC Player Of The Week

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, fresh off his versatile performance in the team's33-14 victory over the New York Giants in week 16 this past Sunday.

Rice rushed for 107 yards on the ground, caught six passes for 51 receiving yards, including a 27-yard catch-and-run TD in the second quarter.

His 158 all-purpose yards further cements him as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league.When Rice gets the ball in space, more often than not, the Ravens usually win. Looking at the games the Ravens lost this year (and even last season), you see how little Rice touched the ball and wonder why every effort isn't made to put the ball in his hands, whether it be on the ground or through the air.

Rice has 1,138 rushing yards, good for 11th in the league, but on the 2nd fewest attempts (238). He has scored via the ground nine times for a 75.9 yards/game average. He has added 61 receptions for 478 yards and five more TD's, averaging 31.9 yards/game. He has the 2nd most catches of any RB in the NFL, behind New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles (67).

Congrats, Ray!

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