Doug Martin leads the league in rushing, but for how long?


Doug Martin leads the league with 1,305 rushing yards, 54 yards ahead of Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. But, the Vikings play the Bears today, and Peterson put up 103 yards on 20 carries the last time they met. However, those yards came in the first half of the game, as the Bears held AP to 28 yards in the second half. Against Arizona, Peterson only managed 69 yards on 23 carries. That kind of yardage is enough to take back the NFL lead, but not by enough to ensure the rushing title for good. It will come down to the very last game of the season, and these are two exceptional running backs, both capable of putting up big numbers. The fact, that AP only put up 45 yards last time the Vikings met the Packers sways heavily in Doug Martin favor, for him to come away with this season rushing title. Smart money is on Adrian Peterson, but my money is on Doug Martin. With a look at both teams remaining schedules, and depending on how AP does today, Doug Martin could easily take the rushing title, “and run with it”.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had an up-and-down season, but one player who hasn’t has been Doug Martin. After two years of plodding, unremarkable production, the fourth-year back looks like his rookie self again and now leads the league in rushing yards with 1,305 on 256 carries. His 5.1 yards per carry are tops in the NFL for backs with more than 200 carries, and he’s added 25 catches for 205 yards despite taking a back seat to Charles Sims on passing downs for the entire season.” – Reported by Sander Philipse

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