Week 8 was the revenge of the running back as RBs across the league smashed everything in their paths. It was an incredibly high-scoring week across the league so it was harder than ever to make the Breadwinners list. Let’s get it on!
Before Sunday only two players had ever completed the TD hat trick, Walter Payton and LaDanian Tomlinson were the others. Christian McCaffrey joined the list Sunday in his first full game with the 49ers. In addition to the passing, rushing, and receiving TD, CMC also became the first player with 30 yards passing, rushing, and receiving with his three scores. If Sunday is any indication of the future, CMC may have been the missing ingredient for the 49ers. Despite sitting at .500, the 49ers look like one of the teams to beat down the stretch in the wide-open NFC.
No Zeke? No problem. Tony Pollard had himself a day. Pollard received a season high in carries with 14 and turned those into 131 yards and 3 TDs on the day. He also added a catch for 16 yards. One of the three scores was a 54-yard sprint to the house, and the Bears seemingly had no answer for him all day. Zeke will be back after the bye, but Pollard may have earned even more of the backfield with his huge day on Sunday.
The three certainties in life are death, taxes, and Derrick Henry absolutely murdering the Houston Texans. Coming into Sunday Henry had 3 consecutive games against Houston with over 200 yards rushing and 7 TDS in that span. He left Sunday making it a fourth consecutive 200-yard outing and added 2 more TDs. He’s the first running back in NFL history with 4 consecutive 150-yard, 2 TD games against one opponent. Henry also became the third back in league history with 6 total 200-yard games, joining Adrain Peterson and OJ Simpson. If that wasn’t enough Henry also became the franchise leader in TDs surpassing the great Eddie George.
Derek Carr/Davante Adams
Derek Carr had fewer passing touchdowns than CMC on Sunday in an incredibly ugly game against the Saints. For the day Carr attempted 26 passes and completed 15 of them, 16 of them if you count his interception. On the day he had only 101 yards and could not get anything going against New Orleans. The Raiders went all in in the offseason to bring in Davante Adams and so far it has been an up-and-down experience, but it completely bottomed out on Sunday. Adams was targetted five times but only brought in one catch for three yards. The Raiders look like they may be closer to competing for a top-five draft pick than a playoff spot at this point.
It was never going to be pretty for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Nobody expected them to beat Buffalo, especially after dropping three straight to less talented squads. Rodgers' numbers weren’t horrible, and they seldomly are, but the lack of guts he showed and this team showed landed him squarely back on the shit list. Rodgers on the day was 19/30 for 203 yards, 2 TDs, and an interception. For much of the day, Green Bay looked scared to even try to throw the ball. Rodgers was under 100 yards for 3 quarters of the day and was consistently running the ball in passing situations. Rodgers finally has a chance to get back on track and get the Packers back on track next week against Detroit. If he drops this one it may be time to blow this thing up.
That's it for this week. Come back next week to see the new batch of players who rise to the occasion and become your next weekly Breadwinners, as well as the newest members of the shit list!