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October 13, 2010 @ 9:58 am
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Freeman Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Due to his poise in the fourth quarter in leading the Bucs to a 24-21 victory in Cincinnati, QB Josh Freeman earns his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.
For the first time in his two-year NFL career, Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The 22-year signal caller completed 20-of-33 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and one interception and helped key Tampa Bay's 24-21 come-from-behind victory at Cincinnati.

On the final two drives of the games, Freeman showed incredible composure and finished 3-of-3 for 56 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Mike Williams and a 21-yard pass to Micheal Spurlock to help put the Bucs in prime field goal position for Connor Barth's 31-yard game-winner. Freeman has played an integral role in helping the Bucs start off 3-1 this year. He has thrown five touchdowns and only three interceptions this year while improving his completion percentage by nearly five percentage points.

Additionally, Freeman has been outstanding on third downs with a 100.2 QB rating. He has shined in the fourth quarter this year with an 84.2 QB rating in the fourth quarter.

Freeman is now 6-7 in his 13 career NFL starts and 5-2 over the last seven games. Four of his six wins have been come-from-behind efforts. Freeman becomes the first offensive player to win the weekly NFC award in nearly six years. The last Tampa Bay offensive player to claim the honor was Michael Pittman, who earned the distinction in Week 9 of the 2004 campaign.

The Bucs won three NFC Player of the Week honors last year, but they were special teamers for kick or punt returns – Micheal Spurlock, Clifton Smith and Sammie Stroughter.
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    Nice Job Josh, keep it up!!!
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    No surprise here. This kid showed last year that he was going to be the real deal. This year is a HUGE stride and in my opinion he is well ahead of schedule to being a pro bowler. His poise is amazing for a 22 yr old.
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    His maturity far exceeds his age. He's everything you want in a QB.
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    Outstanding! Well deserved. I was a believer since the end of last season. I bought the Freeman jersey shown in my avatar prior to the season even starting. To invest about a $100 in a jersey of a guy that had only started 9 regular season games in this economy pretty much says it all...that I knew he would be great. Go Bucs!
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    Crow pie to all those doubters! Fans and so called experts alike! Learn to play like Brees or Manning and scramble like McNabb you'll get many more of these! He truly is turning into that franchise we've needed like forever! Plus with a pick like him how can Raheem and Dom be fired?
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    Freeman is a Baller, he can play ball. I've been saying this sense we drafted him.
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    CONGRATS Free! Well deserved! Can we get some of that 4th quarter magic in the first half though? It would be nice to finish a game with my fingernails! Keep up the great work and you will be an elite QB in this league.
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    Well deserved. This guy works his butt off and it's paying off. Can you imagine where JaMarcus Russell would be with Oakland if he worked like this? He had real talent and wasted it. A story too often repeated in the NFL, right Mr Leaf?
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    The First of Many!
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    Congrats Free, the hard work is paying off. Dont get a big head and settle for being "good". Strive to be the best
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    Not surprising to us fans that loved the draft pick from the beginning.
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    It is great to get noticed, but lets have a few less come from behind victories and win them upfront. Go Bucs!
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    Woohoo! Respect.
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