Predicting Final 2013 Stats for Every Meaningful NFL Running Back

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Predicting Final 2013 Stats for Every Meaningful NFL Running Back
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Will Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rush for 2,000 or more yards for a second straight season?

It’s always dangerous to make predictions when it comes to forecasting anything regarding an NFL season…especially in early July.

Despite that, predicting the final statistics for every meaningful running back on each team in 2013 is on tap. After a lot of careful consideration and speculation, here is the finished product. And let’s be honest: The odds that any of these are incorrect are remote indeed.

All kidding aside, I’ve taken a shot at forecasting the primary running backs for each team and how they’ll fare this upcoming season—both in terms of rushing and receiving statistics.

The following projections are based on a number of factors, including past performance, age, experience, wear and tear, injuries and changes in offensive philosophy. And if these predictions are correct, 22 players will run for at least 1,000 yards in 2013. That would be one short of the NFL record first set in 2000 and tied in 2006.

With the emphasis on the passing game these days, the fact is 16 players did reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark last season. Four of those running backs topped 1,500 yards on the ground.

So, take a look and save this piece for prosperity…or perhaps a little hilarity.

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