For the second time since taking over as the team's primary ballcarrier just four weeks ago, Rainey is up for the award that highlights the best performance by a ballcarrier in the NFL each week. This time he'll battle it out with the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles and the Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy, with NFL fans deciding the winner.
Voting for the award began on NFL.com on Tuesday and will continue through Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Click here to visit the voting page, which includes video highlights of all the nominees. The winner will be announced on NFL Network's Total Access show on Friday afternoon, and on NFL.com.
Rainey's breakaway on the second play from scrimmage on Sunday ranked as the longest run in Buccaneers franchise history. It also put him in the end zone just 18 seconds into the game, marking the earliest in a game the team has ever scored over nearly four decades of play. The score gave the Buccaneers a lead they would never relinquish in a dominant 27-6 win over the Bills.
Rainey didn't stop there. He finished with 22 carries for 127 yards and that opening touchdown, averaging 5.8 yards per tote as the Buccaneers ran the ball almost exclusively in the second half after building a three-touchdown lead. A waiver-wire pickup in October who inherited the starting job after season-ending injuries to
His last big game, a 163-yard, two-touchdown performance against Atlanta in Week 11, also earned Rainey a Ground Player of the Week Nomination. And, in fact, the fans selected Rainey as the award winner that time around. Rainey could become the Tampa Bay's first multiple-award winner in 2013; in addition to his earlier honor, the Bucs have also seen linebacker