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Not hard to see that Rashard Mendenhall had his best game of the season. He showed us some of what his game is all about.
Let's take apart this performance.
First, a grain of salt: Mendenhall's day came at the expense of one of the worst run-stopping defenses in the league.
Okay. That's out of the way. This was still a dominant game by a runner who's been much maligned in many circles (including this writer's space) all season.
Mendenhall has added one feature to his game this year that we've not seen much of before: he's become a very secure runner and doesn't fumble much. Doubtless, part of that is due to the fact he has been receiving less carries.
Still, he holds the ball very well and protects when he sees a big hit coming.
He also showed his immense cutback ability versus the Rams. If the team wishes to fully utilize Mendenhall, they have to keep allowing him to engage this cutback ability in games. He is too often asked to play out of his comfort zone, which doesn't work.