ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — On the heels of his best game as a pro, Phillip Lindsay has again been nominated for the NFL’s rookie of the week award and for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.
Lindsay shattered his previous single-game rushing total as he carried the ball 19 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s 24-10 win over the Bengals.
The undrafted rookie scored the Broncos’ first touchdown — which put them up 7-0 late in the first half — and then broke the game open with a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
As Lindsay’s impressive rookie season continues, he finds himself moving up the Broncos’ record books. His performance in Cincinnati helped him become just the eighth rookie in team history to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards, and he is the first Denver rookie since Clinton Portis to record back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.
Lindsay’s performance also stacks up favorably compared to the rest of the NFL. Through Week 13, he ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards.
He is also the first NFL player since Fred Taylor (2007) to post three consecutive games averaging at least 7 yards per carry. No rookie has done that since Jerome Bettis in 1993.
After Sunday’s win, quarterback Case Keenum said he’s running out of ways to put Lindsay’s season into perspective.
“I mean, I think I just keep answering the same questions about him after every game,” Keenum said. “I don’t know what else to say about him. But I think the league knows about him. I think opponents know about him and key on stopping him, but he continues to do so. He’s having a heck of a year. He ought to be in the Rookie of the Year category, Pro Bowl, all that stuff — he deserves all that. He’s not playing for that. After the game the coaches gave him and the offensive line a game ball, and he doesn’t want it — he wants to give it to the offensive line. That’s the kind of guy I want around. He’s a special dude. He’s going to be really good for us the last quarter of the season.”
Lindsay has now been nominated for the NFL’s rookie of the week award six times. Only Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Browns QB Baker Mayfield have more nominations for the award this season.
Lindsay will compete against Barkley, 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis, Chargers safety Derwin James and Bills QB Josh Allen for this week’s rookie honors.
Barkley and Rams running back Todd Gurley are his competition for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.