Rice earns AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors

For the second time in his young career, Ravens running back Ray Rice was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Rice rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 29 carries in Sunday’s win at Cleveland and kept the Ravens atop the AFC North at 9-3. It is the first time he’s won the award since Week 15 of last season.

Rice is the second Raven to win the award this year. Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith was the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in the Ravens’ 31-24 win over the Bengals in Week 11. In the win, Smith caught six passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to being named the conference’s Player of the Week, Rice is also nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. Rice joins running backs Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch as nominees, and fans have until Friday at noon to cast their vote for Rice. Votes can be submitted here.

Johnson rushed for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Titans’ 23-17 win over the Bills, while Lynch tallied 148 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle’s win over Philadelphia.

The three FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week nominees include Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

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