Of course, stud number one is Kenneth Walker III
We all know K-9 has been running hard all year. He only had 64 yards in week one versus the Rams, but he also got just three touches in the second half. He still averaged over five yards per carry in the game. The Seattle coaching staff stopped him, not Los Angeles. In week two he had a tougher go of it against the Lions. They sold out to stop the run, and rank fifth in the league overall versus the running game. Give Detroit credit, but Walker still scored on them twice.
Against the Panthers, he hit his stride, and you can take that any way you want. Walker had 18 carries, picked up 97 yards, and again scored twice. He also picked up five first downs, and kept the Carolina defense honest because of the possibilities on play action. They could rarely sell out with an all-out pass rush because K-9 kept burning them with his slashing runs.
Speaking of passing, Walker caught all three of his targets for 59 yards. He moved the chains twice and led the Seahawks in yards after catch with a sparkling 14.0 average. All told, Kenneth Walker III accounted for 156 of the Seahawks 425 yards, seven of their 27 first downs, and two of their three touchdowns.
I think by now, most 12s would be comfortable if Zach Charbonnet had to step in as the Hawks number-one back, but Walker proved he's in the conversation as the best back in the league. For my money, he wins that argument. Oh, and he's also the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.