NFL: Top 10 Teams By Running Backs Vs Bleacher Report’s Top 10
Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen lists of how NFL teams rank based on certain positions. Bleacher Report ranking teams based on their running backs put out the latest. You can see their list here. However, in my opinion, they have some errors as to where they ranked some teams. Thus, again, prompting me to put out my top 10. While many of the teams that BR has in the top 10 may stay, their positions will change. So, without further ado here are the top 10 teams based on their running backs.
- Minnesota Vikings
Last season Cook was well on his way to becoming a first-year stud with the Vikings. That was until he suffered a torn ACL. Through four games, Cook had 354 yards. Although he is coming off the injury, I still place this run game in the top 10. With Cook’s return, the change of pace with Murray, and teams having to worry about the air attack the Vikings should fair pretty well on the ground in 2018.
- Dallas Cowboys
While Zeke may be one of the best backs in the NFL, the Cowboys do not have much behind him. Had the kept Alfred Morris on the roster, I believe that the Dallas Cowboys would be higher on this list. Nonetheless, just because of the legs and hand of Elliott you have to put the Cowboys in the top 10.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell is your all-around versatile back. He runs with great vision, patience, and can catch the ball like a wide receiver. His presence alone makes the Steelers offense scary. While James Conner is unproven behind him, I still like Bell and his band of backs as a top-five team in the NFL.
- Cleveland Browns
The Browns have done a tremendous job of improving their team. Adding Carlos Hyde to this group makes this offense legit. The tremendous hands of Johnson, coupled with his running ability, gives the Browns a two-headed monster that should be at or near the top of the league by the end of 2018.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette had an excellent rookie season. He ran for 1,013 yards in 2017. Thus placing him in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year. His mere presence alone turned the Jaguars into a Super Bowl contender in 2017. Fournette took a load of pressure off Blake Bortles and allowed the young QB to focus on his game. Look for Fournette at the top of the rushing leaders again in 2018.
- Tennessee Titans
The addition of Lewis creates a formidable one-two punch again in Tennessee. During the playoffs, the Titans made Henry the bell cow and it worked out in their favor. Hence, the reason for moving on from DeMarco Murray. Adding the versatile Lewis gives them another receiving option out of the backfield.
- Chicago Bears
Howard is quietly becoming one of the best backs in the NFL. Playing in Chicago, who has not been good the past couple of seasons, will do that for you. Meanwhile, Howard has broken the thousand yard mark in each of his first two seasons (1,313 and 1,122). Having a solid backfield is something that the Bears need. As with the Jaguars, it helps relieve the pressure off their young QB, Mitchell Trubisky.
- Kansas City Chiefs
I know what you are going to say, Hunt led the NFL in rushing last season. So why are they not number one? Yes, I agree Hunt is good and will continue to be good. However, he did go MIA for a few games in 2017 and if that happens in 2018 (sophomore slump), then the Chiefs could struggle with Patrick Mahomes inexperience under center.
- Los Angeles Rams
Gurley was a solid stud in 2017. He returned to his rookie form and that was a golden sight for the Rams. His skill helped lead the Rams to an NFC West title. He gives Head Coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff much relief when he is on his game. Both through the air and on the ground.
- New Orleans Saints
Normally when you think of the Saints you immediately think passing and Drew Brees. However, in 2017, the Saints became a running team. That should continue in 2018. ROY Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram make the best running back duo in the NFL. While Ingram is suspended, Kamara will have to carry the load alone. Although, he should get some help from West in the meantime.
There you have it. My top teams based on their current running backs. These definitely will fluctuate throughout the season.
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