Panthers RB Mike Goodson topped 100 rushing yards in consecutive weeks and pumped some life into the morbid running game that had become stagnant for Carolina this season.
And his reward?
Splitting carries with Jonathan Stewart.
Coach John Fox announced on Friday that Goodson and Stewart would split carries this week vs. the Browns. Stewart (concussion) had missed the previous two games and is listed as probable.
You don’t want to put Fox on “the list” for making the move, because his ultimate job is to win games as he tries to impress his next employer. But Goodson has topped 100 rushing yards twice in the past two weeks. Stewart and RB DeAngelo Williams did not crack the 100-yard mark once this season. So you figure that Goodson should be given the benefit of the doubt, or at least more carries.
You are advised to bench Goodson this week vs. the Browns, at least until we get some idea of what Fox’s rotation is going to look like.