In maybe the most unexpected story of the 2015 NFL season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has been turning heads with his recent performances through the air.
His performance on Sunday in Baltimore, however, earned him a bit more than attention.
After tossing for 457 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens, McCown was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for the first time since week nine of the 2013 season when he was playing for the Chicago Bears.
Amidst his 36-for-51 performance, McCown became the first Cleveland Browns quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games, while also eclipsing the Browns all-time, regular-season record for most passing yards in a single game.
McCown too earned all of the accolades above after rolling his ankle and feeling some significant pain in the process.
When asked about the honor, McCown said that it's not a reflection of his play, but rather, the team around him.
"It's just a reflection of the guys and what we're doing and I just happen to be in front of it," McCown said. "That's everybody. That's really how I feel about that. That's the front five, that's the backs, that's the receivers, that's the tights, that's all of us together and it's just a reflection of our effort and preparation."
McCown too joked about the award and an unfortunate experience that took place after he won it in 2013.
"The last time (I won it), I got benched," McCown said, with a laugh. "I've got my fingers crossed right now."
Of course, in that scenario, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned from injury to start the next week for Chicago, but McCown is certainly, for now, the guy in Cleveland.
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