The modern National Football League is based more and more on the quarterback position, but there's still plenty of value in having a talented running back to balance the offense, as last season showed.
Of the eight quarterbacks that finished the 2013 season with a passer rating above 95.0, seven had a running back teammate with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Only Drew Brees went without one; Nick Foles (LeSean McCoy), Peyton Manning (Knowshon Moreno), Josh McCown (Matt Forte), Philip Rivers (Ryan Mathews), Aaron Rodgers (Eddie Lacy), Russell Wilson (Marshawn Lynch) and Tony Romo (DeMarco Murray) each had a productive battery mate in the backfield.
Quarterbacks don't necessarily need a great running back. In 2011, Rodgers set the NFL passer rating record (122.5) without having a Green Bay running back rush for more than 600 yards. But possessing a player like Lacy is certainly more favorable, given the balance and unpredictability that comes with having a strong quarterback-running back combination.
In the following slides, we will examine the eight best backfield combos in today's NFL. To compile the list, we used a combination of past production and future projection, while not leaning too far to either side.