Kareem Hunt leads the NFL in rushing. Leonard Fournette blasted off on long runs in his last two games, and has carried his offense. Dalvin Cook looked like the heir to Adrian Peterson before suffering an injury. Aaron Jones has taken on the lead role in Green Bay with gashing success. Joe Mixon is beginning to show he's the best back in Cincinnati with superior vision and patience. Alvin Kamara is the lightning in the Saints' storming backfield. Tarik Cohen has been a big-play machine.

With all these rookie running backs flashing on the ground, the question for the Carolina Panthers is what about Christian McCaffrey?

The No. 8 overall pick has earned a measly 114 yards on 45 rushing attempts for a miniscule 2.5 per-carry average. Worst still, the rookie hasn't found any daylight, his longest run going for 11 yards, which came in Week 1. McCaffrey hasn't had a double-digit carry in six games, and has been held to five or fewer yards on his last 22 rushing attempts.

"The big plays will come," McCaffrey said, via ESPN. "Right now it's just being patient. You've got to let the game come to you. You can't press. You can't try to make something crazy happen when nothing is there. You've just got to keep pushing."

Where McCaffrey has done most of his damage, is through the air: 44 receptions for 329 yards, two TDs. Still the big plays have been few and far between. He had a 37-yard catch-and-run in Week 3 and a 20-yarder in Week 7. The two are his only plays of 20-or-more yards.