The San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore gashed the Detroit Lions up the middle Sunday and averaged 8.3 yards per carry before contact thanks to a couple long runs.
Those were among the reasons ESPN Stats & Information named him the Next Level Player of the Week.
Gore has rushed for 127, 125 and 141 yards, respectively, in his last three games. He has one touchdown in each of those games.
The only downer for Gore so far: He has dropped three passes on 17 targets this season. Only the Cleveland Browns' Montario Hardesty has as many drops on so few targets (six drops, 16 targets). Overall, though, Gore is providing good production despite sharing time with rookie Kendall Hunter.
I did not know this til Tuesday, but teammate Alex Smith won the award last week.
Earlier: Ndamukong Suh's thoughts before Gore broke free for gains of 47 and 55 yards against Detroit.