For the first time in his career, Austin Ekeler has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
And it’s about dang time.
Ekeler put up 161 yards of total offense (122 rushing, 39 receiving) and a pair of rushing touchdowns against the Rams in Week 17. His four catches also pushed his season total to 103 which broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s record for the most in a single season by a Chargers running back.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has been named the AFC Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is the first player from Western Colorado University to earn the award.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) January 4, 2023
With 1,567 total yards of offense this season, Ekeler bested his career high from a season ago with an entire game left to go. His 18 touchdowns this year are just two away from tying his career high of 20, also from a season ago. His 38 total scores over the past two seasons is the most in the NFL by over 12. TWELVE! And this is after he didn’t find the end zone over the team’s first three games of the season!
Just when many believed this was going to be a season full of regression for Ek, he’s gone out and proved that he’s going to continue being one of the team’s top playmakers for as long as he possibly can.