The Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday behind a strong rushing performance from Kenneth Walker III and rookie Zach Charbonnet, who combined for 143 of Seattle's season-high 146 rushing yards, a performance that thrilled head coach Pete Carroll.
"Really, Kenny and Zach, they were really on it," Carroll said after Sunday's 37-27 win. "They're so different, and uniquely different. I loved seeing Zach show himself today and show you how tough he is and how explosive he can be, great asset for us. So that was a really good part of our day.
"Thrilled about that, the commitment to it. You could see our style from our two guys. Like I said, they're much different, uniquely different, but man, they've both got explosions in them… I'm really fired up about those two guys."
While both running backs had big contributions in the win, it was Walker leading the way with 97 yards on 17 carries, including two touchdowns runs, and for that performance, the second-year back was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
In addition to this being Seattle's first Player of the Week selection this season—the Seahawks had five last season—Walker is also the first Seahawks running back to win Offensive Player of the Week honors since Rashaad Penny in 2021, and just the third this century along with Penny and Shaun Alexander (no, somehow Marshawn Lynch didn't ever win one during his time in Seattle).
In addition to his rushing yards, Walker also had 59 receiving yards on three catches, including a 36-yard catch that was tied with his 36-yard run for Seattle's longest play of the game.
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