What do 171 rushing yards, two TDs and a performance so dominant that it shut the ever moving mouth of Rex Ryan get you? The honor of being named AFC player of the week, that’s what.
Darren McFadden’s career best rushing game (yardage wise) during Sunday’s 34-24 win over the Jets was good enough for him to be crowned as the AFC’s top offensive player for the third week of the 2011 NFL season.
No real surprise there.
Run DMC gave the world a preview of what he’s capable of last season and has taken it to another level so far this year. As the NFL’s leading rusher McFadden isn’t going to sneak up on anybody any longer.
But that hardly matters.
The Jets were supposed to have one of the best run stuffing defenses on the planet. It certainly didn’t look like it as the Oakland O-line abused the Jets allowing McFadden to McDance his way to a career day.
With the way he’s going McFadden is quickly becoming one of the premier playmakers in the game. His exploits are routinely leading the charge of NFL highlights. More importantly his team is winning.
So far this season each week has feature a Raider receiving an honor of some kind. Sebastian Janikowski’s record-tying field goal earned him top honors for special teams in week one. Denarius Moore’s coming out party in Buffalo made him the top rookie of week two. Now in week three we’ve got the first of what are sure to be plenty more honors for Run DMC.
Congrats to McFadden!
Raider Nation can’t wait to see what he does next. In case you missed it, or just want to relive the brilliance of McFadden all over you can do so here.