The veteran running back ran for 49 yards (8.2 per carry) and two rushing touchdowns, while also tallying seven receptions for 49 yards and a receiving touchdown in the Week 3 matchup. Burkhead's seven catches were more than twice as many as any of his teammates.
The 30-year-old veteran also made team history by becoming just the third Patriots player -- and the first since 1975 -- to rush for multiple touchdowns and also catch a touchdown in the same game.
One of the many weapons the @Patriots used to down the Raiders 36-20, Rex Burkhead ran for a pair of touchdowns while also grabbing one from Cam Newton. His productive today marked just the 3rd of its kind on this franchise list of efforts pic.twitter.com/1wONgdIsZC— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) September 27, 2020
The Patriots rushing attack was firing on all cylinders against the Raiders. New England tallied a season-high 252 yards (6.6 per carry) on the ground, along with Burkhead's two touchdowns.
One of the most impressive facets of the New England ground game is its depth. Seven players had at least one carry Sunday, and three of them went over 40 yards rushing. Sony Michel had easily his best game of the season with 117 rushing yards on just nine attempts.
Burkhead isn't likely to be the Patriots' leading rusher or receiver in many weeks, but you can depend on the veteran running back to be productive with however many opportunities he does receive.