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Ravens RB Justin Forsett named AFC Offensive Player of the Week again

Ravens running back Justin Forsett.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett. (Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL announced Wednesday that Ravens running back Justin Forsett has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the second time in as many games that he received the honor.

Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries Monday night during a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Forsett, who broke at least five tackles against the Saints, averaged 8.3 yards per carry in the game and scored untouched on both of his touchdowns. He also was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9 in the Ravens' previous game before their bye week.

"It's crazy, man, just thinking about where I was at this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in once in a while and doing third downs," Forsett said Monday night after the game. "I'm just thankful just for the journey. To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, it's a blessing."

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Forsett has rushed for a career-high 903 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and he's on pace to finish with 1,313 yards. He was signed to a one-year, $730,000 contract last spring on offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's recommendation to coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

"To see Justin go out there and perform the way he did, he deserves every bit of it," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said after Monday night's game. "Justin is just a guy you want to root for. You're not going to find a harder worker. You're not going to find a better guy. He goes out there and he busts his tail, and it makes you want to do the same thing for him."

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