The Denver Broncos made a surprising decision this offseason, signing former Chargers RB Melvin Gordon. After two 1000-yard seasons from Phillip Lindsay, it was tough to see why they spent $16 million over two seasons at the position. When Lindsay went down with a sprained toe in week one it looked like Gordon was poised to take over. Gordon played well in relief, but was sidelined with an illness in week 6. Lindsay took advantage, rushing for 101 yards on 23 carries.
Over the past three weeks, the carries have been split 31-23 in favor of Gordon. Lindsay has been far more efficient, however, averaging 8 yards per carry to Gordon’s 3.6. Gordon has also been targeted twice as often in the passing game.
Though the splits favor Gordon, each week they are getting closer. Expect Phillip Lindsay to continue to push for more carries and Gordon to get more time in obvious passing situations. Lindsay has favorable matchups against the Raiders, Dolphins, and Chiefs coming up so stick with him moving forward, but watch out against the Saints. They currently allow the second-fewest rushing yards per game.