While the NFL has become known for its pass-happy nature, the importance of having a solid running game cannot be underestimated. Throughout the season, this space will monitor the league’s rushing leaders.
Here is how things shake out after Week 2.
Who Leads the NFL in Rushing Yards This Year?
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Melvin Gordon III
Following last week’s 164-yard explosion, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley found the going a little tougher in Week 2, tallying 72 yards on 21 carries (3.4 YPC) in the G-Men’s 19-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Nevertheless, Barkley tops the league in rushing (236 yards) and, most importantly, looks as healthy as he has in quite some time. He and the Giants will look to continue their early-season success when they battle the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 on Monday Night Football.
Week 2’s most impressive rushing performance came from Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers. After seeing just five carries in Week 1, Jones was handed the ball fifteen times Sunday night, running for 132 yards as the Packers downed the Bears 27-10. The strong outing has the 27-year-old sitting sixth in the NFL with 181 yards rushing – 55 behind the league-leading Barkley. A tough Week 3 tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their elite defense looms next for Jones and the Pack.
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