Jonas Gray named AFC player of the week

AP

In just four NFL games, Jonas Gray has gone from a little-known backup running back for the Patriots to the top offensive player in the AFC for Week 11.

The NFL announced this morning that Gray has been named AFC offensive player of the week for his 37-carry, 201-yard, four-touchdown effort against the Colts.

Gray, who was injured and undrafted coming out of Notre Dame, had never even played in an NFL regular-season game until October. But he worked his way into the Patriots’ starting lineup and on Sunday became the first player to rush for four touchdowns in a game that he entered with zero career rushing touchdowns since Herb Henderson of the Evansville Crimson Giants against the Cincinnati Celts in 1921.

Gray will now face one of the best run defenses in the NFL when the Patriots take on the Lions on Sunday.

36 responses to “Jonas Gray named AFC player of the week

  1. If Gray continues to contribute at this level and the Pats stay healthy, they’ll punching their ticket to Glendale. Sorry Patriot haters, do you really think there is an AFC team that is going to stop them?

  2. Good for him. It helps tremondously that his offensive line is playing solid in front of him and you have the threat of the pass from Brady on any given play.

  3. How good will the Lions run defense be, when they have Brady’s passing attack to deal with?

  4. “If Gray continues to contribute at this level and the Pats stay healthy, they’ll punching their ticket to Glendale. Sorry Patriot haters, do you really think there is an AFC team that is going to stop them?”
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    Not a hater, but be careful because we have seen every single contending team in the AFC play horrible one week then play lights out the next. The Steelers, Ravens, Chiefs, Colts, and Donkeys all have the tools to beat NE any given Sunday.

  5. lol, wow, what a historical stat to pull! The Evansville Crimson Giants only played 8 games in their existence between ’21-22.

    Wish there was more info about those old time teams available. Lost to the sands of time it seems. Its a shame.

  6. I’m a Pats fan but the fans that write that the Pats are punching their ticket to the SB don’t understand that an NFL is a journey to be enjoyed each week. If I recall, it was a wild card Giants team that earned only a 10-6 record that beat what would have been the best team in football history. We know Belichick isn’t talking prematurely.

  7. stillers213 says: Nov 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    “If Gray continues to contribute at this level and the Pats stay healthy, they’ll punching their ticket to Glendale. Sorry Patriot haters, do you really think there is an AFC team that is going to stop them?”
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    Not a hater, but be careful because we have seen every single contending team in the AFC play horrible one week then play lights out the next. The Steelers, Ravens, Chiefs, Colts, and Donkeys all have the tools to beat NE any given Sunday.

    As a Pats fan the only quibble I have with that is you left out Miami.
    They have a super nasty defense and an offense that is inconsistent but could play well on any given Sunday.

  8. Gray is extremely unlikely to have a big yardage day against the Lions. It will have nothing to do with him, but the way Belichick game plans against the Lions vs. his game plan vs. the Colts. The Patriots are not going to play into the Lions strengths, they will not try to pound Detroit’s massive line, like they did the smaller, quicker Colts d-line. The game plan will be much more diversified, with much more of the plan being back on Brady’s shoulders this week. That being said, let’s see what happens the first couple of times Brady gets smacked around. He has a habit of channeling Duckin’ Tony Eason when facing a big pass rush. It happened in the Colts game, when after he took a big hit, he became panicky under pressure, directly resulting in two extremely bad decisions for picks. Although he straightened himself out for the second half, he doesn’t always rebound the same way. If the Pats are to win a SB, Brady must mentally keep it together when facing pressure, not channel Eason. Pressure on Brady that gets into his head is the one big constant in most of his playoff failures of the past 10 years. Tom Coughlin can tell you all about that.

  9. No Super Bowl talk, please. More work to do… 2007 is a good reminder that this sport is any given Sunday… and that’s why it is so damn fun to watch.

  10. Playing this week against the best run d in football, he might be inactive this week. Pats might spread them out and zip the ball all over the field like they did to the Vikings a few years ago. Bill doesn’t bang his against the wall, he finds the weakness and exploits it.

  11. grogansheroes says:Nov 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    Playing this week against the best run d in football, he might be inactive this week. Pats might spread them out and zip the ball all over the field like they did to the Vikings a few years ago. Bill doesn’t bang his against the wall, he finds the weakness and exploits it.
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    Well, “inactive” is going a bit far; however, I imagine he won’t be as productive as last week and I agree 100% with your belief that BB will work on their “weakness.”
    Minitron is likely to be the weapon of choice. Detroit’s weakness is vs. the secondary/slot receiver. Stills, Roddy White, Landry and Floyd (last week) are some of the recent second receiver players who have been more productive than the “primary.”

  12. The Patriots front seven did a remarkable job on the Colts. The Colts players stated that they knew what was coming but were unable to stop it. This week the O-line will face the best D-line in football and a hungry team. The Detroit fans as well as many other teams (Miami, KC, SD etc.) who do not get the attention of the national media look forward to meeting the Pats. Every week BB must prepare this team to receive the best shot from an opponent. Every team wants to beat the best. We are blessed to view a team that is totally prepared every week and performs functions on the field that other teams can only try to replicate. Tom Terrific and BB have made life fun in NE for the past 14 yrs.

  13. you will lucky to gain 30 yards against the Lions

    I see somebody already covered it. Belichick won’t even try to have a running game if it isn’t there. McDaniels will find out what works and beat it to death until it’s stopped.

  14. Of course. It’s what we intelligent fans have been saying all along. It’s their SYSTEM that makes the RB great. Just like the SYSTEM makes the QB good.

    All of us intelligent fans know Brady wouldn’t even make any other team’s roster as a third string QB. The SYSTEM (which of course includes spygate) makes a weak armed QB great.

  15. You can tell that these “super bowl bound ” comments are not coming from anyone who has followed the Patriots and calls themselves fans. The Patriots have handed their fans some of the most gut wrenching playoff losses in the last 10 years.

    We (Patriots nation) know better.

    2006 (Colts)
    2007 (Giants)
    2010 (Jets)
    2011 (Giants)
    2012 (Ravens)
    2013 (Broncos)

    Lets just not get ahead of ourselves… Lots of football to play!!

  16. @bigdaddy44, well said, when it comes to standing in the pocket and stepping into a throw when the massive hit is coming, Brady will not do it. I get the impression he feels like if he’s out due to injury for a length of time he might not get his job back, a la Bledso. Like you I’ve been a Pats fan a long time, Tony Eason was a wussy. If they had only let Steve Grogan start in that Super Bowl back in 1985. I’m not saying the Pats win, but they sure as heck would’ve played a much more competitive game against the Bears. Grogan was one tough QB, you never saw him ducking phantom rushers.

  17. Meanwhile all other top afc teams are dropping games they should be winning. I think barring injury, KC might be the scariest AFC team left for the pats on the road to the super bowl. Win both of the next two, they’re gonna have the number one seed

  18. Manning clearly should have gotten the award. The greatest QB in the history of football just doesn’t get enough respect and it’s pathetic.

    I am outraged that the Rams got in Peyton Manning’s way. Who the he-double-ell do they think they are? Those jabronis need to know their role and GET OUT of Manning’s way.

    The NFL desperately needs Peyton to win another ring. America needs it too. And all intelligent fans in America want to see it. America wants to see that big strong QB with strong muscles like Manning beat a little weakling like Brady. The strong beating the weak is the natural order of life and without cheating big strong muscles will always beat little weaklings. That’s what we all want to see and the NFL needs to make sure it happens.

  19. Indy is an awful run defending team. Expect more from Gronk and Edelman on Sunday. If Brady gets to an unprecedented 6th Super Bowl, it still won’t shut up many on here.

  20. patriotsarespygaters says:Nov 19, 2014 10:38 AM

    This guy was a tackling dummy for haloti Ngata and t sizzle on ravens practice squad….

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    Suggs probably was practicing taking his knees out after the whistle.

  21. terripet says:Nov 19, 2014 10:41 AM

    Back to earth this week you will lucky to gain 30 yards against the Lions.

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    The Lions are still the Lions. They have a few quality wins at home, but their road wins were against joke teams and they’ve lost the quality games. They will be in tough against the Patriots in Foxboro.

    They do keep the score low though.

  22. @fanasaurus – Steve Grogan, my favorite Pats player of all-time. This guy would run through a brick wall just for fun.

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