Bigger role coming for Vikings RB Cam Akers?
When pulling up the final box score for Minnesota's win over the 49ers on Monday, one would be able to find that Cam Akers led all Vikings running backs in touches during the contest and not Alexander Mattison.
Akers finished the night with 31 rushing yards on 10 carries, and he also caught two passes for another 30 yards. Mattison only wound up with eight rushing attempts (only two in the second half) for 39 yards and two catches for three yards.
Whether it was due to Mattison being a bit banged up in the game or not, this was the first matchup of the season where it seemed like Minnesota preferred to have Akers as the top option in their offensive backfield.
Second-year Vikings running back Ty Chandler even got a chance to make a play with the ball in his hands on Monday (including a trick play that, unfortunately, was negated by a penalty).
We'll have to see how Minnesota divides the touches in their running back room during their next game, but it seems like the Mattison as an RB1 experiment might be nearing the end.