After being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, it was announced Friday that running back Knowshon Moreno’s performance against Baltimore also earned him the FedEx Ground NFL Player of Week award.
Moreno earned the recognition by rushing for 118 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries in his team’s 34-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15.
It was the most rushing yards a visiting running back has gained against the Ravens since 2010. Moreno got off to a strong start with 74 yards in the first half, the second-most productive half of his career. His first-half effort was highlighted by a 20-yard run that included a memorable hurdle of Baltimore safety Ed Reed.
Moreno found the end zone for the third time this season with a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave his team a commanding 31-3 lead.
Moreno has now topped the 100-yard mark in each of his past two games, including a 119-yard outing against Oakland in Week 14. In the past four weeks, he has averaged 121.8 scrimmage yards per game, which ranks fourth in the NFL in that category and second behind Vikings running back Adrian Peterson among running backs.
As part of the Air & Ground program and its commitment to small business owners, FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team’s city or state, is used to help U.S. small business development, by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.