By Ken Crippen
Pro Football Researchers Association


Dallas’ DeMarco Murray led all week 7 rushers using CHFF’s Rusher Rating System. His 25 carries for 253 yards and a touchdown was by far the best performance of the week. His Rusher Rating of 143.42 far exceeded his closest competitor. Houston’s Arian Foster (25 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns) had a Rusher Rating of 130.88. It was no surprise that both of their teams won their games easily. In fact, Houston had two running backs in the top ten this week, with Ben Tate racking up a 90.82 Rusher Rating on 15 carries for 104 yards.
 
For the season, Fred Jackson (133.57 Rusher Rating), LeSean McCoy (132.67 Rusher Rating), and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (124.58 Rusher Rating) are in the lead, as Chris Wells (120.56 Rusher Rating) fell in the standings.
 
Looking at team standings, San Francisco still has the lead with a 44.56 Rusher Rating Differential. Of the top ten teams, based on Rusher Rating Differential, eight have winning records and six are division leaders.

Here are the top 10 rushers of week 7 with a minimum of 15 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
 
Player Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
DeMarco Murray – DAL 25 253 10.12 1 0 143.42
Arian Foster – HOU 25 115 4.60 2 0 130.80
Adrian Peterson – MIN 24 175 7.29 1 0 129.36
Steven Jackson – STL 18 70 3.89 1 0 122.88
Matt Forte – CHI 25 145 5.80 1 0 119.71
Ben Tate – HOU 15 104 6.93 0 0 90.82
Michael Bush – OAK 17 99 5.82 0 0 84.73
Shonn Greene – NYJ 20 112 5.60 0 0 83.50
Tim Hightower – WAS 17 88 5.18 0 0 81.18
Jackie Battle – KC 16 76 4.75 0 0 78.84
 
 
Now, the top 10 rushers of the season with a minimum of 60 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
 
Player Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Fred Jackson – BUF 106 601 5.67 6 0 133.57
LeSean McCoy – PHI 105 569 5.42 6 0 132.67
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – NE 91 391 4.30 5 0 124.58
Adrian Peterson – MIN 146 712 4.88 8 1 124.36
Maurice Jones-Drew – JAX 148 712 4.81 8 1 123.39
Chris Wells – ARI 91 423 4.65 6 2 120.56
Ahmad Bradshaw – NYG 98 390 3.98 5 0 119.40
Michael Bush – OAK 60 237 3.95 3 0 118.34
Michael Turner – ATL 138 621 4.50 6 1 112.17
LeGarrette Blount – TB 77 328 4.26 3 0 110.35
 
 
Next, let’s look at top ten teams, based on offensive Rusher Rating, for week 7:
 
Team Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Dallas Cowboys 34 294 8.65 2 1 137.81
Chicago Bears 33 177 5.36 2 0 134.99
New Orleans Saints 38 236 6.21 2 0 133.05
Arizona Cardinals 19 73 3.84 1 0 120.06
Minnesota Vikings 31 218 7.03 1 0 119.68
Kansas City Chiefs 39 139 3.56 2 0 117.35
Houston Texans 47 222 4.72 2 0 116.05
St. Louis Rams 20 63 3.15 1 0 113.95
Washington Redskins 23 92 4.00 1 0 112.89
Carolina Panthers 38 172 4.53 2 1 111.24
San Diego Chargers 25 96 3.84 1 0 108.96
 
 
Next, let’s look at top ten teams, based on offensive Rusher Rating, for the season:
 
Team Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Buffalo Bills 162 846 5.22 8 1 121.83
Carolina Panthers 187 897 4.80 10 2 120.93
Minnesota Vikings 197 1071 5.44 9 2 117.86
Atlanta Falcons 182 789 4.34 8 1 112.52
New York Giants 165 541 3.28 8 1 110.43
Oakland Raiders 217 1115 5.14 10 5 110.41
New England Patriots 163 744 4.56 6 0 110.13
Arizona Cardinals 143 588 4.11 7 3 108.28
New Orleans Saints 192 883 4.60 7 2 105.04
San Diego Chargers 177 710 4.01 7 2 104.10
 
 
Finally, all teams ranked, based on Rusher Rating Differential, for the season:
 
Team Rushing Attempts Offensive Rusher Rating Defensive Rushing Attempts Defensive Rusher Rating Rusher Rating Differential
San Francisco 49ers 175 101.71 125 57.15 44.56
Baltimore Ravens 156 85.62 157 52.02 33.60
Minnesota Vikings 197 117.86 171 95.38 22.48
New York Giants 165 110.43 169 91.39 19.04
Atlanta Falcons 182 112.52 174 93.79 18.73
New England Patriots 163 110.13 140 94.34 15.79
Carolina Panthers 187 120.93 197 106.77 14.16
Chicago Bears 168 102.28 146 92.34 9.94
San Diego Chargers 177 104.10 154 95.89 8.21
Green Bay Packers 182 92.72 154 86.05 6.67
Buffalo Bills 162 121.83 159 116.02 5.81
Oakland Raiders 217 110.41 177 104.75 5.66
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 166 99.51 190 94.98 4.53
New Orleans Saints 192 105.04 151 101.78 3.26
Cincinnati Bengals 167 91.71 162 89.21 2.50
Cleveland Browns 166 69.99 183 70.73 -0.74
Tennessee Titans 127 79.52 184 81.58 -2.06
Dallas Cowboys 159 79.09 125 81.35 -2.26
Arizona Cardinals 143 108.28 181 112.34 -4.06
Houston Texans 234 88.36 155 96.45 -8.09
Denver Broncos 157 82.06 184 90.47 -8.41
Seattle Seahawks 126 75.62 200 87.23 -11.61
Kansas City Chiefs 179 83.70 183 93.69 -9.99
Pittsburgh Steelers 189 92.78 167 103.70 -10.92
Washington Redskins 160 93.72 153 106.24 -12.52
Detroit Lions 159 79.72 180 92.37 -12.65
Indianapolis Colts 154 89.75 246 102.62 -12.87
Philadelphia Eagles 180 94.55 154 110.35 -15.80
Miami Dolphins 164 65.61 173 85.22 -19.61
New York Jets 177 84.57 210 106.77 -22.20
St. Louis Rams 133 71.04 201 97.59 -26.55
Jacksonville Jaguars 224 60.55 182 91.27 -30.72