The Cowboys (vs. Giants), Saints (vs. Texans), Seahawks (vs. Bengals), Chargers (v. Colts), and Eagles (vs. Washington) are all at least touchdown favorites to open the season. However, ambiguity abounds for the running games of these offenses, including Melvin Gordon III, Ezekiel Elliott, and potential committees with Seattle and Philadelphia. What is the play among these backfields?
I would argue the Seahawks backfield has moved from ambiguous to relatively straight forward over the last few weeks. For a while, it looked like Rashaad Penny would be the 1B to Chris Carson’s 1A. However, every report from camp the last three weeks has been that Carson looks like the clear No. 1. Carson was fantastic down the stretch of 2018 and has picked up where he left off. Meanwhile, Penny hasn’t made the leap many expected. In addition to projecting to see a heavy workload as a runner, Seattle’s coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been insistent that he will get Carson more involved as a receiver. The Bengals defense was atrocious against opposing running backs last season, so this looks like a really strong spot for Carson.
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