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Vote Bobby Rainey, Ground Player of the Week

Posted Nov 19, 2013

RB Bobby Rainey's incredible breakout performance against the, which included 163 rushing yards and three TDs, has him up for his first weekly NFL award, which will be determined by fan voting on NFL.com

In the matter of one unforgettable month, Bobby Rainey found a new NFL address, welcomed the birth of his first child, closed on a house and moved into a prominent role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield and shook up the fantasy football world with a breakout performance.  Now Rainey might also find some new hardware for the mantle in his new home.

After rushing for 163 yards against Atlanta on Sunday, in his first extended NFL opportunity, Rainey has been nominated for the NFL's Ground Player of the Week award.  The winner will be determined by voting on NFL.com, which lasts through Friday, November 22, at 3:00 p.m. ET.  The Ground Player of the Week will then be revealed on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com on Friday.

-- RB Bobby Rainey recorded the third-highest rushing total in the NFL this season on Sunday
Click here to go to the balloting page on NFL.com and cast your vote.  You can watch a highlight video of Rainey's Week 11 performance as well as those of his competitors for the award.  Also nominated for NFL Ground Player of the Week in Week 11 are Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown and Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings.

In just his 10th NFL game, and his fourth as a Buccaneer since being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on October 21, Rainey ran 30 times for those 163 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per tote, and added two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.  His rushing total was the third-highest by any running back in the NFL this season.

Rainey's 163 yards also rank ninth in Buccaneers history in a single game, and they made him the third different Tampa Bay running back to crack the 100-yard mark this season.  That's the first time that has happened in franchise history.  Rainey took over as the Bucs' primary ballcarrier for the injured Mike James (158 yards vs. Seattle in Week Nine), who in turn had inherited the job from the injured Doug Martin (144 yards vs. New Orleans in Week Two).  Rainey is the first player in Buccaneers history to record two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game.

This is Rainey's first Ground Player of the Week nomination and the first such bid for any Buccaneer player in 2013.  The last Tampa Bay player to win the award was Martin, who took it home in Weeks Eight, Nine and 11 last year.  Running back LeGarrette Blount (Week 16 in 2010) is the only other Tampa Bay player to win the award.