As we come closer to the halfway point of the season, leaders are starting to pull away from the pack. However, I wouldn’t count out those teams with sub .500 records as there were a few teams last week that caught my eye. Those teams were assisted by awesome performances from their players, but only two can be chosen to the best this week. Drum roll please……
In one half of a game, Lamar Miller did what a lot of running backs playing on Sunday could not do in four quarters. That impressive performance helped the Miami Dolphins win their third game this season.
Miller was a major factor on the ground, carrying the ball 14 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. But it didn’t stop there, he was also a threat in the passing game as he gained 61 yards and a touchdown on just three receptions. Dan Campbell has found the right way to utilize Miller. In the past two games under Campbell, Miller has had over 100 rushing yards in each.
Next week the Dolphins will have an even bigger test, facing the New England Patriots. The Patriots defense is not as daunting as their offense, but nonetheless it’s the most competition Campbell and his revitalized regime has seen so far.
Seven weeks into the season and we finally have our first defensive player grace the list. Michael Bennett was a nightmare for the San Francisco 49ers offensive line and Colin Kaepernick on Monday.
Bennett was in the backfield so much on Monday that he should have suited up in red and gold. He had a career high 3.5 sacks along with four tackles, three of which were for a loss. This gives him a league leading total of 6.5 sacks on the season, which is a half a sack shy of his total last year.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive line will face a tougher opponent next week in the Dallas Cowboys. Compared to last year, the Seahawks defense is looking weaker. Although their last game may have been the spark they needed to revamp their season. We will see if it did on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.