NFL Predictions: Running Backs Who Will Break the 1,000-Yard Mark in 2012

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NFL Predictions: Running Backs Who Will Break the 1,000-Yard Mark in 2012
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Based on recent history, predicting the amount of 1,000-yard rushers the NFL will see in 2012 shouldn't be too difficult. 

It's determining the names making up that list which serves as a much more daunting task. 

Dating back to 2007, the amount of 1,000-yard backs from year to year has varied ever so slightly—with no less than 15 and no more than 17 breaking the mark.

There are, of course, the no-brainers. Steven Jackson has reached the milestone for seven straight seasons. Chris Johnson is four-for-four for (confusing?) his career and Adrian Peterson likely would've extended his streak of perfection (four straight from 2007-2010) if he hadn't suffered a devastating knee injury with four games remaining in the 2011 season.

Aside from these elite backs (and a couple others), however, the 1,000-yard rushing club typically experiences a fair amount of turnover from year to year. 

In 2011, only eight of the 15 1,000-yard rushers accomplished the feat in 2010 as well. Oddly enough, seven of 2009's 15 1,000-yard rushers failed to repeat in 2010. 

So, which running backs can we expect to eclipse the mark in 2012? 

After examining all 32 franchises and their respective stables of ball-carriers, I've assembled a list of 16 whom I believe will rush for 1,000 yards or more in the upcoming season. 

 

Notes:

Injuries will unfortunately derail the seasons of multiple running backs who are capable of producing 1,000-yard seasons in 2012—it happens every year. This list includes talented RBs who do not often make it through the rigors of a 16-game NFL season, because, for now, that's the only amount of games we can project them to play in. 

The list is in order based on how many yards I've projected each running back to gain in 2012, which has been included in each slide. 

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