When running back James Cook was selected by the Buffalo Bills out of Georgia in 2022, he was regarded as a very talented, dual-threat offensive weapon. Cook may have gotten off to a slow start his rookie season, but interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady has unleashed him over the course of the last month. Following Cook’s performance in Week 15, it was announced that he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for an effort that laid complete waste to the Dallas Cowboys.
James Cook has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) December 20, 2023
Cook is the first Bills running back since Travis Henry in 2002 to earn the honor. pic.twitter.com/QliBb71UhM
It was all Cook all day long as he rushed for 179 yards — the second-most yards in a single game for any running back this season. Cook was also effective in the passing game, nabbing two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. What’s shocking is that Cook’s 221 scrimmage yards outgained the entire Dallas offense (195).
The offense has taken a new approach the past couple of weeks relying on Cook to take the pressure off of quarterback Josh Allen, and he’s come through in a big way. Cook is currently third in the league in total yards from scrimmage, but he leads the AFC in rushing yards.
This is the first time a Buffalo Bills running back has won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award since Travis Henry did it in 2002. Cook is approaching the 1,000-yard rushing mark as well, which would make him the first Bills running back to achieve the feat since LeSean McCoy.