In a 38-35 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday, New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had a career day, gaining 142 yards on the ground, 10 through the air and scoring three touchdowns.

After the game, Barkley attributed some of his success to a bye week adjustment and a willingness to accept “dirty yards” as opposed to consistently bouncing plays outside and hoping for a home run.

“The more carries you get, the better you see the field and the way that the defense plays. You can get that chance to pop a big one, but you have to continue. You have to take a physical run sometimes, and when you get the chance, you have to take it,” Barkley said.

“I will never be satisfied, but other than that, I definitely feel like I’m getting better throughout the year. Plays are becoming clearer to me; I’m seeing the field a lot better. I’m seeing the game better with the help of Eli and all the vets on the team. But I still have way, way more to improve on.”

As a reward for his remarkable performance, Barkley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, which is the first such honor of what’s likely to become many.

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New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley is the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The dual-threat offensive menace had a huge game in Big Blue’s 38-35 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading an offensive charge that helped the Giants jump out to a 24-7 lead. He finished the game with 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 10 yards and a TD.

It’s a well-deserved honor for Barkley, who is looking more and more like the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.