NFL Picks Week 2: Predicting the Top RB Performances
Week 1 of the NFL season was filled with great running back performances, especially that of the Texans' Arian Foster.
In Week 2, there should be some more excellent performances from some running backs throughout the league.
Here are five running backs who will help their teams win and also put up great individual numbers.
Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
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Week 1 Stats: 11 carries, 92 yards, 1 touchdown
Week 2 Opponent: Cleveland Browns
The Kansas City Chiefs pulled an upset against the San Diego Chargers Monday night with the help of a great rushing performance from Jamaal Charles.
Charles had to carry the offensive work load in the rain and did not disappoint, rushing for nearly 100 yards.
The Browns were as bad as advertised last week and that should give Charles the opportunity for a big game. Look for 100+ yards and a touchdown from the Chiefs' featured back.
LeSean McCoy: Philadelphia Eagles
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Week 1 Stats: 7 carries, 35 yards, 5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 touchdown
Week 2 Opponent: Detroit Lions
LeSean McCoy's performance last week was overshadowed by the Philadelphia Eagles' loss and Michael Vick's performance.
McCoy had 82 all-purpose yards last week against the Green Bay Packers with only 12 touches.
The Eagles' opponent this Sunday, the Detroit Lions, allowed 200 total yards to Matt Forte last week. This should bode well for McCoy, who should have similar success.
Don't be surprised to see McCoy with 150 total yards and two touchdowns come Sunday.
Justin Forsett: Seattle Seahawks
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Week 1 Stats: 7 rushes, 43 yards, 3 receptions, 17 yards
Week 2 Opponent: Denver Broncos
Justin Forsett only rushed seven times in the Seattle Seahawks opening week win over the San Francisco 49ers.
This week, Forsett gets to go against a Denver Broncos defense who let up 134 yards last week in a loss to Jacksonville.
Forsett should get a heavier workload this week and his numbers should benefit from that.
Look for 100+ yards and two touchdowns from the Seahawks' starting running back Justin Forsett.
DeAngelo Williams: Carolina Panthers
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Week 1 Stats: 16 rushes, 62 yards
Week 2 Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the possibility of Jimmy Clausen making his first NFL start, the Panthers will run the ball a lot against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
DeAngelo was held in check by the New York Giants and the scoreboard, since the Carolina Panthers were playing from behind all game. On Sunday, Williams will be expected to carry the load.
Williams will have 20+ carries, 100 yards, and a touchdown in a Panthers win vs. the Buccaneers.
Arian Foster: Houston Texans
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Week 1 Stats: 33 rushes, 231 yards, 3 touchdowns
Week 2 Opponent: Washington Redskins
Arian Foster exploded on the radar with a 200+ yard rushing game against the defending AFC Champions, Indianapolis Colts.
The Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys in a low-scoring matchup but still managed to let up 100+ yards on the ground.
Foster will still have a big game Sunday, but not nearly as big as his Week 1 performance.
Look for him to rush for 100+ yards and one touchdown, in what should be a close game.