Bucs running back Leonard Fournette had a career day in Tampa Bay’s 38-31 win at Indianapolis with his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and a career-high four touchdowns. Fournette had three rushing scores and one receiving touchdown to help lead the Bucs back from a 10-point deficit at halftime.
Fournette’s big day earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, which Pewter Report predicted immediately after Sunday’s victory. He becomes the fifth different Tampa Bay running back to win the award and the first since Bobby Rainey in 2013 (Week 11).
In addition to rushing for 100 yards and three touchdowns, Fournette had seven catches for 31 yards in the Bucs’ big road win. It was Fournette’s second 100-yard game in Tampa Bay.
Fournette is the fourth Bucs player to win a weekly NFC award this season, joining Bradley Pinion (special teams, Week 1), Mike Edwards (defensive, Week 2) and Tom Brady (offensive, Week 5). Tampa Bay now has 10 Player of the Week awards over the past two years – its most over a two-year span since the 2001-2002 seasons, during which the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII.
He became the first player in franchise history to record three-or-more rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game, while joining Colts running back Jonathan Taylor as the only players to accomplish that feat this season. Fournette’s four total touchdowns are tied for the second-most in a single game by any player in 2021 and tied for the most in team history, matching Jimmie Giles (10/20/85 at Miami) and Doug Martin (11/4/12 at Oakland).