I don't think this should come as a surprise to anybody. The 49ers announced that they were informed by the NFL that RB Frank Gore was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Gore was an absolute beast this past weekend, more than making up for a subpar week 1 performance against the Arizona Cardinals. It only gets more difficult this week as Gore gets to battle an always solid Vikings defense, and most notably the "Williams Wall." It will be a big test for Gore and the team, but I'm certainly glad we're going to battle with Frank the Tank.
Even with his week 1 struggles, Gore is putting up the best touchdown numbers of his career. His career high in rushing touchdowns is 8 back in 2006, and he's already at 3 two games into this season. In 2006 he also set his career high for total touchdowns at 9 and with 4 so far is on a solid pace. Gore also sits third in the NFL right now with 237 rushing yards, behind Chris Johnson and week 3 opponent Adrian Peterson. Maybe we'll see Gore return to the Pro Bowl this year.
Some details from the game, per the 49ers:
- With touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards, 49ers RB Frank Gore became the only player in NFL history, other than Barry Sanders (80 & 82 at TB, 10/12/97), to register two scoring runs of 75 yards-or-more in the same game.
- On the day, Gore posted his second career 200-yard rushing performance (16-207-2TDs), while leading his team to a 2-0 start and a spot atop the NFC West.
- His 12.9 yards per carry average ranks second in franchise history (min. 10 carries) and is the third-highest single-game average (min. 15 carries) in the NFL, since 1970.
- Gore’s 80-yd. touchdown run was the longest run of his career, while the 79 yarder now ranks second.
- He also set a career-high, and the 6th-highest total in 49ers history, with 246 yards from scrimmage, having led the team with 39 yards receiving.