Miami Dolphins: Reggie Bush Will Easily Top 1,000 Rushing Yards on the Season

Soven BerySenior Analyst IDecember 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins looks for running room while playing the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After getting traded to the Miami Dolphins last season, Reggie Bush has revived himself in South Beach. The USC product hit the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the first time in his NFL career in 2011. 

He will do it again in 2012. 

With one game left on the schedule, Bush needs only 40 yards to reach the storied level. His 960 rushing yards places him 16th in the league, and only 12 backs have reached 1,000 yards this season.

Five more have a realistic shot to join that club in Week 17. Bush should be one of them.

The Dolphins, riding a two-game win streak, draw their AFC East foe New England Patriots in the final week of the year. Last time Miami played Tom Brady and company they lost 23-16. But Bush had 64 yards rushing. A performance like that will easily vault him over 1,000 yards. 

In fact, the former New Orleans Saint has only been under 40 rushing yards three times this season. Unsurprisingly, those three games were the ones where he got his fewest number of carries. But Bush has been topping 40 yards rushing in his past five games, even going for 104 yards in Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Patriots are ranked 12th in the NFL at stopping the run and are anchored by big man Vince Wilfork. But in every game this season except for two, the New England defense has allowed a single running back to gain 40 or more yards against them. 

Those two exceptions came in Week 1 and Week 4. In Week 1 the Pats played the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson managed only four yards on 11 attempts and Jamie Harper got three yards on one carry. That measly showing is more a poor performance by Johnson than a defensive achievement.

In Week 4, when New England traveled to Buffalo, Fred Jackson rushed for 29 yards on 13 carries and C.J. Spiller reached 33 yards on eight carries. While neither back got 40 yards, combined Jackson and Spiller far surpassed the mark. Since the Bills employed a split running back system and Bush is destined to see the ball more than 13 times, this does bode well for the Dolphin. 

It is easy to see that Reggie Bush will reach the 1,000 rushing yard as he needs only 40 yards to do it. But 1,000 is more than just a number. 

For Bush it will represent a career resurgence with Miami. 

In his first five years in the NFL, Bush had never topped 1,000 yards. His career high before he came to the Dolphins was 581 yards set in his sophomore season. 

After failing to reach even 500 yards for three consecutive seasons, Bush came to South Beach and hit 1,086 yards in his first year. 

With 1,000-plus yards in his second year, it would prove that the former Heisman winner (yes, I know) is back. 

It would also prove that the Dolphins have a dependable back and are only a few pieces away from potentially contending in the AFC East. 

All because of 40 yards that Reggie Bush will easily gain this week.