Hunt's historic debut unfortunately may detract from what Cohen accomplished Sunday, but it shouldn't. Cohen proved why he's nicknamed "Chicken Salad" on his 46-yard run, switching course on a stretch play bottled up to his left and slipping and speeding to the play's backside for an explosive gain and a broken tackle by the tiny North Carolina A&T rookie.
Now here's the part where "Chicken Salad" doesn't apply: Cohen made something out of his debut alright, but it was hardly out of nothing: His 113 scrimmage yards — he led Chicago in rushing and receiving — came on 20 touches. Both those numbers also were game highs.
Great news for Cohen, not so much for Jordan Howard. Although Howard found the end zone on a nifty wildcat play (triggered by Cohen) he also dropped a would-be game-winning TD pass in the final 10 seconds. Our advice to Howard owners: be concerned about his 57-percent playtime split with Cohen (42 percent), but also be realistic about which of the two backs is built to last for 16 games under these circumstances.
For now, there's plenty of allure in a Chicago backfield that will only continue improving as the offensive line finds its footing. (H. Rick Bamman - firstname.lastname@example.org)