3) Isaiah Crowell, NYJ – 10 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD – The Sam Darnold Era began in as Jets a way as possible – a pick-6 – but Crowell helped the Jets tie it up in the 1st quarter before delivering the final backbreaker against the Lions, a 62-yard TD run to cap off 31 unanswered points by the Jets in their 48-17 win.
2) Alvin Kamara, NO – 8 carries, 29 yards, 2 TD; 9 receptions, 112 yards, TD – We know he’s a huge part of he Saints offense and seeing how they were playing from behind all game in their eventual 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay, Kamara still put up a great line despite having more catches than carries.
1) James Conner, PIT – 13 carries, 135 yards, 2 TD, 2 pt. conversion; 5 receptions, 57 yards – Two years removed from beating cancer and a year post-injury, Conner made Steelers fans forget about holdout LeVeon Bell, at least for a week. It’s unlikely he’ll repeat this performance, but they leaned heavily on the rookie RB out of Pitt. In the end, Pittsburgh tied Cleveland, 21-21.
The only problem with this list is that despite the gaudy numbers put up by these three, their combined record was 1-1-1. Yes, a TIE!?
- Saquon Barkley, NYG – 18 carries, 106 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 22 yards – ripped off a 68-yard TD run but was otherwise held in check (17 carries, 38 yards, 2.2 ypc) in the Giants 20-15 loss to Jacksonville
- Melvin Gordon, SD – 15 carries, 64 yards; 9 receptions, 102 yards – Gordon racked up the receptions (as he’s increasingly done over the past few seasons) as the Chargers played catchup in their 38-28 loss to the Chiefs
- Todd Gurley II, LAR – 20 carries, 108 yards; 3 receptions, 39 yards, TD – The Rams whooped up on the Raiders and Gurley locked down the 33-13 win with 41 yards on 5 carries late in the game.
- Joe Mixon, CIN – 17 carries, 95 yards, TD; 5 receptions, 54 yards – His TD early in the 4th quarter tied it up before the extra point gave the Bengals a 24-23 lead in their 34-23 win over the Colts, who blew a 13-point lead in the second half.