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 10:
Travis Etienne Jr.
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Kenneth Walker III
Star running back Saquon Barkley takes the top of the leaderboard with 931 rushing yards. In the Giants’ Week 10 win over the Texans, he racked up 152 rushing yards for his second-highest single-game total of the season. He’s earned 100+ rushing yards in six games this season, good enough for the league’s second-highest total. Barkley is a cornerstone of the Giants’ offense. If he continues to perform at this caliber, he has a great chance of earning Comeback Player of the Year honors.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields showed his elite rushing ability in the Bears’ Week 10 loss to the Lions, rushing for 142 yards and totaling four touchdowns. Just a week before, he rushed for 178 yards, the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Through ten weeks, Fields leads the league in rushing yards by a quarterback and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. In Week 11, Fields and the Bears take on the Falcons.
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