Rookie running back Cam Akers enjoyed a career-night in the Rams’ Week 14 Thursday Night Football victory over the New England Patriots when he ran 29 times for 171 yards.
Akers’ game was so good that it was the most yards any rookie running back has ever gained against the Patriots.
Cam Akers finished with 171 rush yards, the most ever by a rookie against the Patriots.
That's the most rush yards by a Rams rookie since Jerome Bettis in 1993 (212 at Saints). pic.twitter.com/opUMfSUOEn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 11, 2020
It was also the most rushing yards by a Rams rookie running back since Jerome Bettis in 1993.
RAMS WIN!!… & oh my God, my little brudda @thereal_cam3 has been unleashed!! Sheesh!!
God is the greatest 🙏🏾
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) December 11, 2020
Akers’ skill set as a natural runner was on display all night, including this 35-yard scamper early in the game that setup the Rams’ first score of the night.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 11, 2020
Akers’ performance should come as no surprise to fans who watched him play at Florida State since 2017. He was plagued by one of the nation’s worst offensive lines but still managed two 1,000-yard seasons and nearly five yards per carry during his career as a Seminole.
Now the unquestioned lead back in Los Angeles, Akers has a chance to be the most productive rookie running back over the final month of the season.
Through 13 games, Akers has totaled 109 carries for 528 yards and two touchdowns.