Who Leads the NFL in Rushing Yards This Year?

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?

Rank

Name

Team

Rushing Yards

1
Saquon Barkley

NYG

236

2
Nick Chubb
CLE 228
3
Jonathan Taylor
IND 215
4
D’Andre Swift
DET 200
5
Leonard Fournette
TB 192
6
Aaron Jones
GB 181
7
Miles Sanders
PHI 176
8
Cordarrelle Patterson
ATL 161
9
David Montgomery
CHI 148
10
Jalen Hurts
PHI 147
11
Joe Mixon
CIN 139
12
Lamar Jackson
BAL 136
13
Christian McCaffrey
CAR 135
14
James Robinson
JAX 130
15
Josh Jacobs
LV 126
16
Damien Harris
NE 119
17
Javonte Williams
DEN 118
18
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
KC 116
19
Derrick Henry
TEN 107
19
Dalvin Cook
MIN 107
21
Jeff Wilson Jr.
SF 106
21
AJ Dillon
GB 106
23
Melvin Gordon III
DEN 105
23
Ezekiel Elliott
DAL 105
23
Deebo Samuel
SF 105

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.