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Fantasy Football Projections: Reggie Bush and RBs Set to Run Wild
Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

Thanks to Doug Martin, the term "run wild" now has a totally different meaning for the remainder of the 2012 NFL season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie went bonkers in Week 9, rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. 

In Week 10, a few of the game's more productive runners find themselves in favorable matchups.

No, they probably won't run for 251 yards with four touchdowns, but they'll run wild in the traditional sense on Sunday. 

 

Michael Turner

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Mr. Turner takes a lot of heat for the way he's lost what was already a running style without much burst, but after 20 carries for 102 yards, he's back to a respectable four yards per carry. The 44 carries he's received over the last two games show that the Atlanta Falcons are ready to become more balanced offensively. 

In Week 10, Turner sees the New Orleans Saints defense, which features the worst run-stopping unit in football. 

They allow over 175 yards on the ground per game and 5.3 yards per carry. 

The Saints porous secondary will be tested by Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Co., but expect Turner to get his fair share of touches and wear down New Orleans' front seven en route to a big day in the Big Easy.

 

Stevan Ridley

In the Week 4 showdown with the Bills in Buffalo, Ridley carried the ball 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. 

With an extra week to prepare, expect Bill Belichick to implement the most successful running plays for Sunday's game plan when Chan Gailey's group heads to Foxboro. 

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The Patriots, a team known for their aerial prowess thanks to Tom Brady, have 276 rushing attempts on the season, the fourth-highest in the league. 

No team allows more yards per carry than Buffalo's 5.7. 

If this isn't an ideal matchup for New England's feature back, I don't know what is. 

 

Reggie Bush

Mr. Bush was held to 41 yards on 10 carries against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9, but his dazzling 18-yard touchdown scamper is encouraging for the shifty runner. 

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Although Ryan Tannehill appears to be much more comfortable as a passer now than he did in Week 1, head coach Joe Philbin will likely look to exploit Tennessee's weak run defense. 

Sure, they're allowing a somewhat respectable 4.4 yards per carry on the year, but they've faced the most rushing attempts (288) in the league. 

Tennessee's opposition knows it can gain nice chunks of yardage and control the clock if they run the football. 

Bush received 26 carries and rushed for 172 yards against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2, and there's a good chance he eclipses the 20-carry and 100-yard plateau this weekend.

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