Our NFL Top Running Back odds provide you yet another way to place sports bets at Allpro. For all you fantasy football fans we have our NFL top RB odds each week. This gives you a chance to pick who will be the running back this week with most rushing yards. Don't also forget the NFL Rushing title odds as well. Here's what has been spinning around the league about running backs this pres-season:
With a new NFL season just about ready for kickoff, it becomes a worthy study to examine which NFL running back will outdistance the competition this season to lead the league in rushing. In truth, you can readily make a case for at least 15 different NFL running backs that possess the skills and talent to be great. What often gets lost in the conversation and far too easily dismissed is the fact that football is a team sport in which hundreds of individual match-ups in each game determine success. Add to this the injury factor, the need for mental toughness in a running back and a dozen other intangibles, and you can begin to see selecting the top NFL running back is not quite as simple as it may appear.
Here is a quick look at a possible few of the front runners to be the top NFL running back in 2011:
Chris Johnson - After three straight 1,000 yard seasons (including 2,006 yards in 2009) this Tennessee Titans star is a holdout that has missed the entire preseason over a contract dispute. If a large enough payday can come his way quickly enough and Johnson is in good condition he may be motivated to excel on the field - but that's quite a few "if's".
Adrian Peterson - Peterson has been a stud since his first day as a rookie in the Minnesota Vikings camp, and nothing should decline in his performance this season. With offensively minded head coach Leslie Frazier in his first full season at the helm, the addition of an aging Donovan McNabb at quarterback and a poorly performing offensive line Peterson should get a ton of touches. Logic would dictate that in order to keep McNabb upright there will be 5 or 6 games against strong pass rushing opponents in which Peterson will get over 30 carries.
Michael Turner - While not as speedy as some of the other NFL running backs on this list, Turner has established himself as a wrecking ball in Atlanta. If he can stay healthy Turner can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 to 400 carries, and if combined with some good blocks Turner could easily approach 1,800 to 1,900 yards rushing this season.
Adrian Foster - Foster had a breakout season for the Houston Texans in 2010 amassing over 1,600 rushing yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average. In a run happy offense in Houston Foster should be able to top that of last season and be a strong contender for the 2011 NFL top running back spot.
Jamaal Charles - In two seasons as a starter for Kansas City Charles has been amazing with consecutive 1,000 yards seasons, with yard per carry averages of 5.9 in 2009 and 6.4 in 2010. Although Jamaal Charles only had 420 carries combined in 2009 and 2010, the Chiefs seem committed to getting him more touches which could result in a record breaking season in terms of total yardage.
Darren McFadden - In his first full season as a starter for the Oakland Raiders McFadden totaled 1,157 rushing yards good for a 5.2 yard average despite only playing in 13 games. If he can play in every game in 2011 and get a few more carries in each McFadden has a shot at being top NFL running back this season.
Top Running Back this year
|Adrian Peterson (Vikings)||5-4|
|Arian Foster (Texans)||5-1|
|DeMarco Murray (Cowboys)||5-1|
|Doug Martin (Bucs)||5-1|
|Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)||5-1|
|Knowshon Moreno (Broncos)||8-1|
|Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks)||10-1|
|Ray Rice (Ravens)||10-1|