In the latest sign that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a wise move when they selected Josh Freeman in the first round of last year’s draft, the NFL announced today that Freeman has been named the NFC offensive player of the week.
Freeman completed 20 of 33 passes for 280 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in the Bucs’ 24-21 win over the Bengals on Sunday. He also gained 20 yards on three rushing attempts.
With 1:26 remaining and the Bucs trailing 21-14 in the fourth quarter, Freeman threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams to tie the game. Then, following a Carson Palmer interception, Freeman threw a 20-yard pass to Micheal Spurlock to set up the game-winning field goal.
The 22-year-old Freeman has earned the first offensive player of the week award for the Buccaneers since Michael Pittman got the honor in 2004.