Chicago Bears (2-1) running back Khalil Herbert is not receiving the respect he deserves after carrying his team to a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans (0-2-1).
In the win, Herbert totaled 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. His 7.9 yards per tote were especially refreshing considering Chicago’s starting running back, David Montgomery, left the game on the team’s second drive with injuries to his knee and ankle.
Herbert lead the NFL in rushing yards in Week 3, but was somehow snubbed for the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.
Former #Bears Cordarrelle Patterson (offense) and Pat O’Donnell (special teams) won NFC Player of the Week honors. But Roquan Smith (16 tackles, 2 TFLs, INT) and Khalil Herbert (20-157, 2 TDs) were denied.— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) September 28, 2022
This week’s honors went to former Bear Cordarrelle Patterson. This marks the first time in his 10-year career that Patterson has won the award.
Patterson accumulated 141 yards and one score on the ground on 17 carries. Patterson added one reception for 12 yards in the Atlanta Falcons’ win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Not only did Herbert out rush Patterson, but he had two catches for 12 receiving yards as well. Objectively, Herbert had the better week.
Khalil Herbert averaged 5.2 yards before contact on his 20 rushes Sunday. That’s most by a Bears player with 20+ rushes since Matt Forte in 2011 (5.9 vs Panthers).— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 26, 2022
This feels like Patterson edged out Herbert due to popularity, which isn’t how the award should be decided.
However unfortunate, Herbert and the Bears should be pleased with a 2-1 start. Although Patterson walked away with the hardware this week, Herbert’s Bears are in a much healthier position than the rebuilding Falcons.
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