After a slow start to the 2022 season, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara had himself a game for the ages. He failed to score a touchdown in his previous five games but managed to find the end zone three times in the 24-0 win over the Raiders while also tallying 158 scrimmage yards.
One would think that Kamara's domination against the Raiders' defense should have earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award but that didn't happen. The award, instead, went to Christian McCaffrey of the 49ers (that still feels weird to type after he spent several years with the Panthers).
Now I will say that McCaffrey was impressive in his second-ever game as a Niner. He threw for, rushed for, and caught a touchdown pass and helped propel the 49ers to a 31-14 win over the Rams.
"McCaffrey registered eight receptions, 149 scrimmage yards (94 rushing, 55 receiving) and three total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing, one receiving) in the 49ers' 31-14 win at the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. He became the fourth player with a touchdown pass, rushing touchdown and touchdown reception in a single game since 1970."- NFL Communications
Alvin Kamara snubbed in NFC Player of the Week award
It's hard to be mad about McCaffrey winning the award this week after he literally did it all for his new team but it's okay to be salty about Kamara not winning it either. He put on a crazy-good performance while his defense pitched a shutout and it still wasn't good enough.
Hey, at least the Saints won the game and are still in the running to win the NFC South, right? That'll matter more in the coming weeks than a weekly award.