Melvin Gordon wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week
The Los Angeles Chargers beat the New York Giants in Week 5 to secure their first win of the 2017 NFL season, rewarding their fans with a much-needed win by a score of 27-22. A few days after the victory on Wednesday, it was announced that running back Melvin Gordon was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Gordon earned the distinction after being the focal point of the offense for the Chargers against the Giants, carrying the ball 20 times for 105 yards, while hauling in six receptions for 58 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
It was important for the former Wisconsin Badgers ball carrier to have a big day at MetLife Stadium, as the Ken Whisenhunt-led offense was without its back-up running back in Branden Oliver (hamstring).
In addition to the offense being without Oliver, the Bolts entered the game with a record of 0-4. Saying that Los Angeles needed to come away with a win is a drastic understatement.
Despite struggling at times throughout different portions of the first four games of the regular season, Melvin Gordon has been running with authority on each and every one of his carries. Though he was an underrated receiving option coming out of college, No. 28 is showing that he is a dangerous threat as a receiver, as well as a force to be reckoned with as a tough presence to bring down as a runner.
On the year, the 24-year-old has totaled 273 rushing yards with two rushing scores on 74 carries, while catching 19 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Taking part in his third year in the NFL, Gordon has yet to reach the 1,000-yard-rushing plateau through his first two campaigns. Once it was announced that the Chargers were signing former Bills interim head coach and running-game guru Anthony Lynn to take over at head coach for the fired Mike McCoy, many believed, myself included, that Gordon’s rushing totals would explode.
Though that hasn’t been the case as of yet, Melvin Gordon showed in Week 5 that he is certainly trending upward toward numbers that could see him becoming a mainstay in the top-5 of everyone’s running back ranks for fantasy football.
Gordon’s next opportunity to shine on the gridiron is coming up in Week 6 against the Raiders on the road in Oakland.
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