Adrian Peterson and the Top 5 NFL Running Backs of 2011

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Adrian Peterson and the Top 5 NFL Running Backs of 2011
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Now that the NFL has become dominated by the passing game, running backs don't seem to get the attention they deserve. Instead, quarterbacks and receivers, such as Drew Brees and Andre Johnson, take the spotlight and fill up the highlight reel week after week.

However, no offense can survive in the NFL without a solid runner in the backfield. In this slideshow, we count down the league's five best running backs. The list, which is based solely on the 2011 season, ranks each back based on his explosiveness, reliability and versatility.

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