Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) carries the ball as Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) attempts to tackle in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Running Backs: More or Less


Last week, quarterbacks served as the main topic for my More or Less piece. In this week’s More or Less article, I’ll be taking a look at some of the running backs from around the NFL.

As always, statistics will be taken directly from nfl.com

Let’s kick things off with the Minnesota workhorse.

Since entering the NFL in 2007, Adrian Peterson has never rushed for less than 10 touchdowns in a season. His success makes for a really easy first question. So here it is: Will Adrian Peterson rush for More or Less than 10 touchdowns in 2014?

For the next few years, the Minnesota Vikings will be playing outdoors. Meaning that their run game will be more important than ever. With that being said, I have no doubt that Adrian Peterson is capable of eclipsing 10 touchdowns again. In fact, I believe that he will. I mean, c’mon, the dude was able to nab 12 scores in 12 games in 2011 and has scored as many as 18 touchdowns in a single season.

Until he proves otherwise, I have no reason to believe that A.P. will rush for less than 10 touchdowns in a season. Adrian Peterson, for the eighth straight year, will rush for more than 10 touchdowns.

Over the past 3 seasons, LeSean McCoy has become one of the best running backs in the league. He’s incredibly elusive and is capable of creating the big play. McCoy, who was the NFL rushing champ in 2013 with 1,607 yards, has averaged 1,252 rushing yards over the past 3 years. Will Shady McCoy have More or Less than 1,252 rushing yards in 2014?

After having his best season as a professional in 2013, LeSean McCoy has publicly stated that he is the best running back in the NFL. I’m not going to get into whether or not I agree with him, but I have to say this: I love the confidence that he has in his game and himself. I just get a feeling that he’s out to prove that he really is the best running back in the NFL.

Combine his confidence and ability with another offseason in Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme and you have a very dangerous running back. LeSean McCoy will rush for more than 1,252 yards in 2014.

In the 6th round of 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected running back Alfred Morris out of Florida Atlantic. Since entering the league, the 6th round draft pick has started every game for the Redskins and has rushed for an average of 1,444 yards per season. Will Morris rush for More or Less than 1,444 yards in 2014?

First off, let it be known that i’m a HUGE Alfred Morris fan (he’s been tearing it up for my fantasy team for the past few years). I would love to say that he’ll surpass 1,444 yards in 2014, but I cannot.

Do I think he’s capable? Absolutely. But the offseason additions to Washington’s passing game lead me to believe that the Redskins will be looking to air it out more in ’14. With DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts on board, there will likely be fewer balls to go around. Alfred Morris will probably see fewer carries because of this reason.

I foresee Morris having a solid year, probably finishing with between 1200-1400 yards. Alfred Morris will rush for less than 1,444 yards in 2014.

Having now been in the league for 6 years, Chris Johnson has never rushed for less than 1,000 yards in a season (insert CJ1K joke here). Will the former rushing champ and member of the 2,000-yard rushing club accrue More or Less than 1,000 yards rushing for the New York Jets in 2014?

Last season, the Jets did not feature a 1,000 yard rusher. Rex Ryan and company are hoping that Chris Johnson can be that guy. At times, you still see flashes of the old CJ2K. But they’re just that, flashes. Trust me, I would love to see Chris Johnson post huge numbers again, but I just don’t see it happening. Especially in New York. The Jets less than ideal situation at the wide receiver position doesn’t help, either (probably why CJ is lobbying to bring Andre Johnson to New York).

Without a legitimate weapon on the outside, I foresee opposing teams stacking the box against the Jets. Chris Johnson, for the first time in his career, will rush for less than 1,000 yards.

Well, that’s all for today. Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

And, as always, feel free to submit your own More or Less questions!

 

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