NFL Rookie of the Year watch: Kamara surging down the stretch

By Hayden Bonine

Sports Blogger

@Hayden Bonine


Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: 77 attempts, 546 yards, five touchdowns, 54 receptions, 548 receiving yards, four touchdowns

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Ex-Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara has made the most of his touches in his NFL career. Kamara is averaging 7.1 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per catch. In the past four weeks, he has recorded 100 total yards in each game and accounted for six touchdowns. Kamara is first among all running backs in receiving yards, tied for first in receiving touchdowns, second among all rookies in receiving yards and third among rookies in rushing yards. The Carolina Panthers could break Kamara’s 100 total yard streak Sunday. The Panthers are second in total defense and held Kamara to 42 total yards in Week 3.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: 184 attempts, 890 yards, four touchdowns, 36 receptions, 344 receiving yards, two touchdowns

Make it nine straight weeks since Kareem Hunt has reached the end zone. Hunt’s Chiefs have been in freefall, losing their last three and five of their last six. Hunt has been awful as of late, mustering only 22 and 26 total yards in the past two weeks. Despite these facts, Hunt is still second in the NFL in rushing yards. Kansas City goes on the road to face the New York Jets, who have the seventh worst rushing defense in the NFL.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: 187 attempts, 765 yards, six touchdowns, 22 receptions, 173 receiving yards, one touchdown

Leonard Fournette has been on a cold streak like Hunt. It has been six weeks since Fournette has scored a touchdown. Surprisingly though, Fournette is third in the NFL in rushing touchdowns. He gained only 42 total yards last week in the Jaguars’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Jaguars face Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts are tied for third in the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed, so Fournette is likely to snap his streak and propel his team to a victory.

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