It hasn’t been the best start to the season for New England Patriots running back Sony Michel. While New England has racked up wins, Michel hadn’t been able to make much of an impact. He had only found the endzone once and was averaging 2.75 yards per carry.
But Michel showed on Sunday why the Patriots used a first-round pick on the running back during the 2018 NFL Draft. Michel had a season-best 91 rushing yards on only 16 carries. He averaged 5.7 yards per attempt, by far his best of the season. And Michel found the endzone as the Patriots beat the Washington Redskins 33-7.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2019
Michel is now in his second season with the Patriots, and good things tend to happen when he finds the endzone. New England is 11-0 when Michel scores a touchdown over the past two seasons.
“Good,” Tom Brady said according to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin. “We’re going to start him off and get him the ball and put him in the end zone in the first quarter. Everyone can go home.”
Another positive sign for Michel is that he was able to get involved in the passing game for the Patriots as he hauled in 3 catches. His lack of involvement in the passing game has given some New England fans concern over Michel, but he looks to be making strides in that area.
Of the Georgia running backs, Michel had the best day from a yardage perspective. Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams found the endzone twice against the Seattle Seahawks, but he had only 51 rushing yards as the Rams lost 30-29. Nick Chubb had 87 yards on 16 carries, but the Cleveland Browns got stomped by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.
As for the other Bulldogs on offense, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman had a 4 catch, 79-yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Isaiah McKenzie, a member of the Buffalo Bills had 2 catches for 52 yards in the Bills 14-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sunday night was a big night for Justin Houston. He — as a member of the Colts —was facing the Chiefs, where he had spent the first seven years of his career. He picked up a sack in the win and 4 tackles as the Colts held Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to only 13 points their worst offensive output since Mahomes took over as quarterback.
Houston also had a key stop on fourth down to clinch the win for the Colts.
Roquan Smith did end up playing for the Bears after missing the game against the Vikings. He racked up 9 tackles against the Raiders, but Chicago was unable to get the win in London.
As for this week’s Top Dawg, our weekly honor that goes to the former Bulldog in the NFL who had the best week, it’s a tough choice between Michel and Houston. But given Michel’s tough start to the season, we’re going to give him the nod.
Top Dawgs in the NFL
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears
Week 2: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 5: Sony Michel, New England Patriots
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