Even without Thomas Rawls and Marshawn Lynch, they were able to run the ball effectively with Christine Michael and Bryce Brown. Derrick Coleman got five carries (10 yards) on the first drive, but did not touch the ball after that.
Instead, it was Michael and Brown combining for 25 carries. Michael played on 24 snaps and Brown 22.
Michael led the team with 16 carries for 84 yards (5.3 YPC). It's telling that 11 of those attempts came in the second half. Clearly, the coaches were liking what they saw from Michael and wanted to give him more opportunities, the story said. But something to keep in mind is Brown (9-43-0) had not carried the ball in an NFL game in over a year. Brown said he felt anxious beforehand but got more comfortable as the game went on, the story pointed out. Based on Week 15, Michael seems to be the safer play heading into Week 16.