The Cincinnati Bengals clearly got a steal when they drafted North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard is the second round (pick no. 37) of the 2013 NFL Draft, as the former Tar Heel has accounted for 627 total yards (361 rushing and 267 receiving) while being on the field less than half of the team’s offensive snaps in six of their nine games.
His latest performance in Thursday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins saw him get nine carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including a Barry Sanders-esque run for a 35-yard score, helped earn him a spot on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week:
Bernard has made himself a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate and nothing highlighted that quite like his play versus the Dolphins. He only needed nine carries to grab the attention of anyone who wasn’t already aware of him, forcing five missed tackles and scoring two touchdowns (including one of the most eye-popping you’ll see this year).
Honorable Mention: Adrian Peterson (MIN)
It tells you something when he beats out the likes of the All-Pro Adrian Peterson, who had a sensational run as well this week: