Lindsay rushed for 60 yards on 17 attempts, adding two receptions for 24 yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Houston. The electrifying rookie running back was contained to a season-low 3.5 yards per carry average against the Texans, while establishing his lowest rushing total for a game with at least 12 attempts. Houston has been dominant against the run in 2018 (3.6 rush allowed per rush coming in), and Lindsay was no exception, picking up four or more yards on just five of 17 handoffs. Denver limps into a Week 10 bye as loser of six of its past seven, with a matchup against the Chargers' formidable front seven looming Nov. 18. Los Angeles has allowed just three rushing touchdowns in 2018, which ranks among the NFL's five best in that category.
Lindsay will likely serve as the Broncos' lead back Sunday against the Texans with Royce Freeman (ankle), who is listed as questionable, not expected to play, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Though Lindsay has been the more productive of the rookie backs, the two have essentially operated as co-starters at the position for much of the season, as Freeman has logged no fewer than 16 snaps in any of the seven games he's played. While Freeman was out in Week 8 against the Chiefs, Lindsay earned his biggest touch count (21) of the campaign, parlaying his 18 carries and three receptions into 112 total yards and a touchdown. Another elevated workload presumably awaits Lindsay in Week 9, though backup Devontae Booker should also benefit from an enhanced role of his own.
Lindsay rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while adding 17 yards on three receptions during Sunday's 30-23 loss in Kansas City. Lindsay put the Broncos up early, plowing ahead for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sunday marked career highs in touches and total yardage for the rookie as Denver provided him with more than 15 touches for the first time since Week 1. Part of Sunday's usage can be explained by the absence of Royce Freeman (ankle), but -- as he is carrying the ball at 5.7 yards per clip -- Lindsay probably deserves more work normally. His impressive rookie season will come up against a wall next Sunday as Denver hosts a Texans defense surrendering just 3.6 yards per carry.
Lindsay will start Sunday's game in Kansas City after Royce Freeman (ankle) was ruled out, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. There won't be many hurdles in Lindsay's pursuit of touches with fellow rookie running back Freeman on the inactive list this weekend. Sure, Devontae Booker will be available as a change-of-pace option, but Lindsay will handle the bulk of the runs between the tackles and in the red zone. Through the first seven games of his career, Lindsay ranks third in the NFL with 5.8 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns on his 90 touches.
Lindsay rushed 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown while also securing his only target for six yards in the Broncos' 45-10 win over the Cardinals on Thursday. He also returned two kickoffs for 38 yards and ran back three punts for 23 yards. Lindsay was once again clearly the Broncos' most effective rusher, and his 28-yard scoring scamper late in the third quarter served as his second touchdown of the season. The undrafted rookie has rushed for between 61 and 90 yards in three of the past four contests, and he's now averaged at 5.0 yards per carry or higher in five of seven games overall. Lindsay and Royce Freeman are still sharing carries almost evenly, however, although the workload could eventually tilt more in Lindsay's favor if he continues to thrive. He'll undoubtedly be set for an important role once again in a Week 8 divisional showdown versus the Chiefs, especially if the ankle injury Freeman exited with Thursday forces him to miss that contest.
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