NFL Week 14 Predictions: Running Backs Set To Eclipse the Century Mark

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is horse collared by Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson is a guarantee for 100-plus yards this week.

The Minnesota Vikings running back has been an absolute horse this season. With the ever-changing rules in the NFL, quarterbacks and receivers are being more and more protected. Franchise running backs are being outmoded as passing is becoming king.

Just don't tell that to Peterson.

He's run for 1,446 yards and eight touchdowns. He's projected to just narrowly miss out on 2,000 yards for the season. It's hard to picture where the 6-6 Vikings would be without him.

Peterson has gone over a hundred yards for the last six games. Even going up against a very good Chicago Bears defense, he's going to go over the century mark.

Here are three other running backs you can count on running for 100-plus yards this Sunday.


Shonn Greene, New York Jets

The Jacksonville Jaguars-New York Jets game could see quite a few yards on the ground. Jacksonville has the 31st-ranked rush defense in the NFL while the Jets rank 28th. Of the runners involved, Shonn Greene will benefit the most.

The Jets' offensive struggles can't be blamed on Greene. He's run for 806 yards and five touchdowns.

Greene, however, has only managed to get over 100 yards twice on the year. With the Jets' problems at quarterback, though, he'll get more carries.

He's averaging almost four yards a carry, so if he gets his hands on the ball over 20 times against Jacksonville, he's a lock to go over 100 yards for the third time.


Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

The Browns have been playing well recently, having won three of their last five games. It was only a matter of time before their play on the field would start turning into points.

At the forefront have been rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Richardson didn't go over 20 carries for the first seven weeks of the season, but he has gone over 20 in each of the last five games, so the Browns are giving him the ball more.

This week's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs could be a little tricky. They might be just 2-10, but the Chiefs are going to play inspired football for the remainder of the 2012 season.

Kansas City also boasts the ninth-best pass defense in the league. If the Chiefs can neutralize Weeden a little bit, Cleveland will look to Richardson to set the tone in the offense.


Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

The Arizona Cardinals are just in shambles at the moment. They've lost their last seven games, including last week's awful 7-6 defeat at the hands of the New York Jets.

Despite how bad things are, the Cardinals pass defense has been very steady and one of the best in the NFL. Unfortunately for them, their opponents this week, Seattle, don't rely so much on the passing game.

Marshawn Lynch has become an elite running back during his time in Seattle. He's on pace to go over 1,500 yards on the season after running for 1,204 in 2011.

For the man who trademarked the phrase "Beast Mode," he can't afford to give anything less than stellar performances. With the Cardinals' average rush defense, you can count on Lynch to have a huge game.