ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s 24-10 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.
The award represents the first conference recognition of Lindsay’s career. In addition to becoming just the seventh Broncos rookie to be named conference player of the week, Lindsay is only the 10th undrafted rookie in NFL history to take home the offensive or defensive award since it was initiated in 1984 (first undrafted rookie on offense since running back Samkon Gado, G.B., in 2005).
Against Cincinnati, Lindsay rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (8.3 avg.). His 157 rushing yards led all NFL players in Week 12 and his two rushing scores tied for the league lead.
With his 8.3-yard rushing average against the Bengals, Lindsay became the first NFL player in 11 seasons (Fred Taylor, 2007) to average at least seven yards per attempt in three consecutive games (first rookie since Jerome Bettis in 1993). Following up on his 14-carry, 110-yard performance against Pittsburgh (11/25), he also became the first Broncos rookie since Clinton Portis in 2002 to produce back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.
Lindsay is the third Broncos player to receive AFC player of the week recognition this season, joining linebacker Von Miller (Week 11) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Week 7).