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I didn’t expect Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt to lose his status as the rookie of the year frontrunner

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A mere two weeks ago, KC Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt was the front runner for the rookie of the year award. He was among the league leaders (not just rookies) in rushing yards and his team was on their way to the playoffs. It seemed like a shoo-in that Hunt would win the award.

Not anymore. With Hunt not hitting the 100-yard rushing mark since Week 5 and not getting in the end zone since Week 3, his rookie of the year odds have dropped and he is no longer the frontrunner for the award. I didn’t expect that to happen after the way he started.

  • Alvin Kamara: 4/5
  • Leonard Fournette: 7/4
  • Kareem Hunt: 11/4
  • Christian McCaffrey: 20/1

These odds are from Bovada last week -- before the Chiefs lost to the Bills. So I don’t think they got better.

I have a bit of a beef with this because Hunt’s numbers are still better than all these players listed. His “fall” speaks more to what an insane rise he had to start the season.

I will say that Hunt hasn’t had the impact on games that he used to have. He does have good numbers for the entire season — second in the NFL in rushing yards behind Le’Veon Bell — but I haven’t seen the impact plays that are changing games in a while. From that standpoint, I can see why his odds have dropped.