Here's Why Kenyan Drake Is an Interesting Dark Horse to Win NFL Rushing Title

Max Staley
Kenyan Drake could be a great dark-horse bet to win the 2020 NFL rushing title.
Kenyan Drake could be a great dark-horse bet to win the 2020 NFL rushing title. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Once the Arizona Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake, the rushing offense really took off. He had some monster games down the stretch, including a two-week run that saw him rack up 303 rushing yards and 6 total touchdowns.

With a full season to integrate himself into Kliff Kingsbury's offense, Drake is a great dark-horse option to win the 2020 NFL rushing title, with +2200 odds to do just that, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Since taking over as the starter for Arizona in Week 9, Drake averaged 80.4 rushing yards per game. That put him on a 16-game pace to tally 1,286 yards on the ground, which would've been the fifth-best total in the league.

And with the improvements Arizona made in the offseason, Drake has a real shot to out-perform his 2019 campaign.

Last season, the Cardinals' receivers had the sixth-lowest overall grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF). The addition of DeAndre Hopkins should fix that, and an improved passing attack could help take some pressure off of Drake and the rushing game.

Arizona also went out and added Josh Jones, who was widely believed to be a first-round talent, in the third round of the NFL Draft. That should help bolster the team's run-blocking unit, which had the league's ninth-lowest run-blocking grade last season, per PFF.

Set to be the feature back in one of the league's most-improved offenses, Drake has a real chance to win the 2020 NFL rushing title, even though he is only tied for ninth in the odds to win the rushing title.

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