After Sunday’s breakout performance, Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson now ranks second in the NFL in yards per carry among running backs (6.4) and ninth in rushing yards (444). He’s now grabbed national attention after scorching the Dolphins, and that has translated into Vegas odds.
According to Bovada.LV, Johnson now has the fourth best odds for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Here’s a look at the top seven and their corresponding odds:
Baker Mayfield: 11/10
Saquon Barkley: 3/2
Sam Darnold: 7/1
Kerryon Johnson: 16/1
Calvin Ridley: 20/1
Nick Chubb: 25/1
Michael Gallup: 25/1
Johnson clearly experienced a huge jump in odds after his 158-yard performance last Sunday. Last week, he had just 33/1 odds for the postseason honor.
It’s no surprise that Johnson has two rookie quarterbacks ahead of him as they tend to dominate postseason honors like this. As for Barkley, it’ll be interesting to see how the odds shake out for the rest of the year. The big difference between Barkley and Johnson is yards and touchdowns. Here are their stats side-by-side:
Johnson: 69 rushes, 444 yards (6.4 YPC), 1 TD; 15 catches, 89 yards
Barkley: 98 rushes, 481 yards (4.9 YPC), 5 TDs; 49 catches, 424 yards, 2 TDs
As you can see, Barkley is getting way more opportunities than Johnson and that has obviously led to much bigger overall stats, especially in the passing game. That’s likely to keep him ahead of Johnson for the foreseeable future in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race.
- Your weekly update: Golden Tate can still break tackles with the best of them:
Odell Beckham Jr. leads all wide receivers with 18 missed tackles forced on receptions so far this season. pic.twitter.com/zIkutgfuF0— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 23, 2018
- The Damon Harrison trade remains unofficial, but the Lions did make a minor transaction on Wednesday. They added RB Joel Bouagnon to the practice squad while releasing TE Jerome Cunningham from the 10-man team.
- A few Lions players have welcomed “Snacks” to the team via Twitter, in their own indiscrete way:
October 24, 2018
#— Mal (@jamalagnew) October 24, 2018
T.J. Lang isn’t about subtlety, though:
Welcome to the D big dog! https://t.co/4A610zdQ0J— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) October 24, 2018
- Justin Rogers of the Detroit News continued his weekly film breakdown piece, making five observations from the Dolphins game, including thoughts on Teez Tabor, Jim Bob Cooter and the Lions’ run game.
- The Lions are now alone at No. 1 as the team who has allowed the least pressure in the NFL:
Most important asset on your team: the QB.— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 23, 2018
Pretty important to PROTECT that asset...#OnePride #RavensFlock #LARams #HereWeGo #KeepPounding #GoSaints #Colts #GoPats #Texans #Seahawks #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/BA3qIY3J99
- Check out the on-field audio for Lions-Dolphins:
Sights and sounds from #DETvsMIA. @ThinkFordFirst pic.twitter.com/4UM04CoKxi— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 23, 2018