Ranking The Top 10 Running Backs In The NFL Today: Fan’s Opinion
In today’s NFL having a top notch running back is essential. If your team doesn’t have a solid ground game good luck making a Super Bowl run. As a New York Giants fan I’m just glad that Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs finally got it going last season.
Since we’re on the subject of running backs I thought that this would be a good time to rank the top 10 running backs in the NFL today.
So let’s begin the debate, yes?
Here are the top 10 RBs in the NFL today:
10. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
I really wanted to put Ahmad Bradshaw here but Jamaal Charles is better. He’s explosive and can score anytime he gets his hands on the rock. His best year was in 2010 where he racked up 1,467 yards rushing and 468 yards receiving with eight total TDs.
9. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
This guy is the Chicago Bears offense. He does it all. He catches passes out of the backfield, he pounds the rock and he’s actually the Bears best receiver. His stats fell off a bit last year but he’s still an integral part of what the Bears do on offense. He’s been in the league for five seasons and has 29 total touchdowns.
8. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
I would trade Ahmad Bradshaw to have this guy on the New York Giants roster. I feel bad for Steven Jackson. He plays on one of the worst teams in the NFL. Imagine if he played for a real team. Steven Jackson is about the only thing the St. Louis Rams have going for them. Last year the Rams were horrendous but Jackson still managed to put up 1,478 total yards and six total scores.
7. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
What a year he had last year. All he did was rush for 1,204 yards and score 12 TDs. This guy runs hard and he runs with bad intentions. If he gets into the secondary, watch out. There’s no way some safety is bringing this runaway train down. I love watching this guy run. Remember that 67 yard run he had against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs?
6. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
I was really disappointed in Chris Johnson last year. Partly because I had him on my fantasy team. But I digress. Chris Johnson has the potential to be the best back in the NFL. Note the word potential. This dude is electric. He’s got it all. Speed, vision and elusiveness. Since 2008 Johnson has amassed 7,071 total yards and 42 TDs.
5. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens will only go as far as Ray Rice takes them. He’s been a premier back in the league for several years now. Last year was by far his best season. He caught 76 balls for 704 yards for three touchdowns and he rushed for 1,364 yards with 12 TDs. One other little nugget to think about: Ray Rice plays in the same division as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. All those teams are very stingy against the run. I’m just saying.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
If the Jacksonville Jaguars are smart they’ll pay the man. He’s earned it. MJD is the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his six seasons with the Jaguars he has 6,854 yards rushing, 2,473 receiving and 72 scores. Really? Those numbers are crazy! Jones-Drew is an elite back and has been for awhile now.
3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
In his five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings A.P. has a grand total of 6,752 yards rushing and 64 TDs. The only knock on Peterson is that he is prone to fumbling. But you take the good with the bad. Other than that Adrian Peterson is a complete back and Minnesota should thank the football gods that he’s on their team. I just hope he comes back healthy this year and is the same Adrian Peterson that we all know and love.
2. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
I hate the Philadelphia Eagles and I hate LeSean McCoy. I’m a Giants fan. What do you expect? But I can give credit where credit is due. McCoy is a stud. Last year he rushed for 1,309 yards and 17 TDs. It kills me to give this guy love but he’s the second best back in the league as of right now hands down.
1. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Arian Foster has only been a starter for two years and in that short of time he’s already the best back in the NFL. In 2010 he rushed for over 1,600 yards and had 18 total scores. Last year was nothing to sneeze at either as he rushed for 1,224 and 10 TDs. And oh yeah, that was in just 13 games. Arian Foster is by far the best back in the league today and he’s only going to get better.
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Giants fan and has seen his Giants win four Super Bowls. He is very optimistic about the 2012 season and is anticipating another Super Bowl title.