Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance Sunday in the 42-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.
Bell, who totaled 235 yards from scrimmage in the win by rushing for 185 yards, receiving for 50 yards and scoring three touchdowns on the day, became just the second player in NFL history to have over 200 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive weeks. The other player to accomplish that feat was Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton.
This is the first time that Bell has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and the first time a Steelers running back earned the weekly honor since Rashard Mendenhall won it back in 2011 after his Week 6 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bell currently is currently on pace to set a new franchise record for yards from scrimmage in a single season and in all likelihood he will be named to his first Pro Bowl in a few more weeks.