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).

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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ScottC543
ScottC543
7 months ago

In the Indy game Fournette looked like the player he was throughout his college career.

We’ll take all of that we can get.

obuc
obuc
7 months ago

4-Net has been running hard like this for weeks. As defenses sell out to double cover Godwin/Evans, just using play action (not passing to 4Net in the flat) and giving the ball to him to run up the middle or around the corner (depending on how the linebackers and safeties commit) was giving us 7 or 8 yards a carry and it forces them to pick their poison.
IMO, they need to back off from forcing the pass all the time and change it up. that will also help the defense in staying fresh.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  obuc
7 months ago

Correct … plus they also have to account for Gronk, who collected 123 yards on Sunday .. and AB whenever he makes it back on the field. Plus Scotty Miller has already proved effective, even without a catch last week, forcing one DPI plus getting a muffed ball near the Colt’s end of the field.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  obuc
7 months ago

Kinda the criticism BA gets for his (finesse style) wanting to drive the ball downfield all the time. It’s also why we get into these shootouts and need 30 points just to win a game each week. Also since we score so fast our tired defense is right back on the field trying to prevent the other team from scoring thus creating a track meet style game…Never going to happen but for once I would like to see us get physical and run it down there throats (old school) may only get to 19 points but the final score will… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
7 months ago

About time that PR acknowledged Fournette’s accomplishment last Sunday with more than just a brief statement.

It is also more than worth mentioning, but has not yet been mentioned by PR’s writers, that Leonard Fournette leads the entire team in yards this season from scrimmage by a wide mark – 975 yards to second best Chris Godwin at 818. At his current pace over 17 games Lenny would hit over 1,500 yards. He’s also only second to Mike Evans with touchdowns scored, 9 to 10 season to date.

scubog
scubog
7 months ago

I really liked what I saw in Fournette at LSU which is why he was a top 5 pick. Unfortunately the youngster ended up with a quickly declining Jaguars team, was expected to be the savior, got over-used, lost his confidence, became disheartened and thought to be a liability…..maybe even a “bust” by the Jacksonville brain-trust and fans. Like some folks around here who are quick to point to the exit for any struggling or injured player, the Jags outright released him. Surprisingly, no takers………except the mighty Bucs. I was thrilled to receive this gift on our doorstep. After only… Read more »

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  scubog
7 months ago

scubog well said and I have to agree.