The votes are in, and RB Chris Ivory has been declared the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his 34-carry, 104-yard Week 7 performance against the Patriots.
Going up against some stiff competition in Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch (21 carries, 91 yards, touchdown) and San Diego RB Ryan Mathews (21 carries, 110 yards, TD), it wasn’t easy for Ivory to run away with this week’s award, but that was fitting given the nature of his gritty, grind-it-out game.
His 34 rushes in a game are the most this season and only one player — Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson — has as many carries in a game since the start of the 2011 season.
“Chris did a phenomenal job of running the ball,” QB Geno Smith said, “especially from the start. That guy’s tough. He’s a hard-nosed running back. He can deliver some punishment.”