Offensive Workhorse – Marshawn Lynch, RB (Sea)
There’s no question that when Marshawn Lynch comes up in conversation his historic run against the Saints is mentioned at some point. However, he wouldn’t need a historic run to clinch the game against the Eagles last Thursday night. Lynch recorded 148 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries in a 31-14 victory over the Eagles. It’s rather clear at this point in the season that the Eagles are struggling as they have now dropped to a tie for last place in the NFC East with the Redskins. The Seahawks are currently tied for 2nd place in the NFC West with the Cardinals but can easily take the position if they can win this week against the 2-10 Rams and then in 2 weeks against the Cardinals. 2 games they may struggle with are against the Bears and 49ers. Things may go in their favor if the Bears are still suffering from injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte but the 49ers are too strong defensively to allow an upset from a division rival.
Record Setting Workhorse – Cam Newton, QB (Car)
Usually there would be a defensive workhorse in this position, but in honor of Cam Newton’s record setting 38-19 victory against the Buccaneers, the spot belongs to him. Newton broke the single season rushing touchdown record by a quarterback with his 3 rushing scores in this game. He also became the first quarterback (3rd player all time) in NFL history to rush for 3 TD’s, pass for a TD, and catch a pass all in the same game. It doesn’t end there. Newton also joined the company of Eric Dickerson as the only players to run for touchdowns in 9 of their first 12 games. This kind of skill and these kinds of records are starting to make Newton out to be the clear cut favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.