Let's Rank 'Em!: The Top 25 NFL Running Backs Entering Week Eight

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Let's Rank 'Em!: The Top 25 NFL Running Backs Entering Week Eight
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Whoever said that Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s best running back right now is absolutely right! But it is a close race, Cedric Benson is stepping up his game finally, Thomas Jones is doing a great job at racking up the yards and other guys like Ronnie Brown and Chris Johnson should get an honorable mention, too. With what few carries Ricky Williams has gotten in that “wildcat” play, he’s made those carries worth it. Same goes with Ray Rice and Rashard Mendenhall, those two haven’t gotten as many carries as others but when they do, they make those carries worth it. With all of this said, here’s my latest version of the NFL’s top 25 running backs.



1. Adrian Peterson (Vikings): 138 carries, 687 yards, 8 touchdowns


2. Cedric Benson (Bengals): 164 carries, 720 yards, 5 touchdowns


3. Thomas Jones (Jets): 122 carries, 602 yards, 7 touchdowns


4. Ronnie Brown (Dolphins): 109 carries, 491 yards, 7 touchdowns


5. Chris Johnson (Titans): 95 carries, 596 yards, 2 touchdowns


6. Ryan Grant (Packers): 118 carries, 495 yards, 3 touchdowns


7. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars): 108 carries, 463 yards, 8 touchdowns


8. Steven Jackson (Rams): 143 carries, 635 yards


9. Clinton Portis (Redskins): 120 carries, 490 yards, 1 touchdown


10. Brandon Jacobs (Giants): 120 carries, 464 yards, 2 touchdowns


11. DeAngelo Williams (Panthers): 105 carries, 461 yards, 5 touchdowns


12. Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants): 80 carries, 455 carries, 3 touchdowns


13. Michael Turner (Falcons): 118 carries, 403 yards, 7 touchdowns


14. Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers): 78 carries, 481 yards, 4 touchdowns


15. Ray Rice (Ravens): 73 carries, 441 yards, 3 touchdowns


16. Ricky Williams (Dolphins): 70 carries, 396 yards, 5 touchdowns


17. Fred Jackson (Bills): 103 carries, 417 yards


18. Knowshon Moreno (Broncos): 99 carries, 381 yards, 1 touchdown


19. Kevin Smith (Lions): 109 carries, 348 yards, 3 touchdowns


20. Larry Johnson (Chiefs): 132 carries, 358 yards


21. Marion Barber (Cowboys): 72 carries, 344 yards, 3 touchdowns


22. Mike Bell (Saints): 72 carries, 343 yards, 2 touchdowns


23. Steve Slaton (Texans): 109 carries, 341 yards, 2 touchdowns


24. Leon Washington (Jets): 72 carries, 331 yards


25. Matt Forte (Bears): 92 carries, 318 yards, 1 touchdown

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