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Rams rookie running back Cam Akers has historic night vs. Patriots in Week 14

Cam Akers

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.

It was also the most rushing yards by a Rams rookie running back since Jerome Bettis in 1993.

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.

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.

Bryan Perez

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