The Alvin Kamara hype train has no brakes. Every week the talented New Orleans Saints rookie finds new ways to impress the football cognoscenti, gashing opposing defenses through the air and on the ground. You can vote for him (again, hopefully) by following this link.
Alvin Kamara has been spectacular today: pic.twitter.com/QmEMHD17aO— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 27, 2017
This week, Kamara chose to fill out his highlight reel with a 74-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the day. That got the Saints on the board and cut the Los Angeles Rams’ lead to a meager three points. Kamara followed up that debut with more big plays every time he touched the football, finishing the day with 188 yards gained on just 11 combined carries and catches. He forced nine missed tackles on the day and hurdled his second defender on the year so far.
While that wasn’t enough to keep the Saints in the win column, it did separate Kamara from the pack of Rookie of the Year hopefuls. Last week, Bovada Sportsbook named Kamara the safest bet to win the honor, ahead of other running backs including punishing Jacksonville Jaguars runner Leonard Fournette and the Kansas City Chiefs’ crafty Kareem Hunt. Carolina Panthers slot receiver Christian McCaffrey was suggested as a long shot.
Alvin Kamara doesn't make any sense... pic.twitter.com/psV9CFhnoB— K.D. Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) November 26, 2017
Those other guys didn’t have nearly as great a Sunday as Kamara. Fournette finished his team’s road loss to the Arizona Cardinals with just 42 yards on 15 touches, while Hunt looked even poorer on a lowly 26 yards gained on 12 touches - against the same Buffalo Bills defense that Kamara embarrassed two weeks ago. McCaffrey did come just shy of the century mark, seeing 97 total yards on nine plays during a win over the New York Jets.
Also, none of those three rookies scored while Kamara reached paydirt twice. The decision here is clear, folks. Vote Kamara.