By Ken Crippen
Professional Football Researchers Association


Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy led all week one rushers using CHFF’s Rusher Rating System, but it was Fred Jackson who took the Week 2 title. His 15 carries for 117 yards (an impressive 7.80 yards-per-carry) and two touchdowns gave him a 148.35 Rusher Rating to lead all Week 2 rushers. However, McCoy still leads the overall season rankings with a slim lead over Jackson (141.64 and 138.84 respectively). The top ten running backs this week, and for the season, won 70 percent of their games.
 
The Green Bay Packers still hold on to the season lead in offensive Rusher Rating with 131.50, a wide margin over the other teams. It is no surprise that they have a 2-0 record.
 
Impressive performances in Week 2 propelled teams into the top ten. For example, Buffalo’s rushing performance, led by Jackson, pushed the Bills into the top ten offensive Rusher Rating teams.

Here are the top 10 rushers of Week 2 with a minimum of 15 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
 
Player Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Fred Jackson – BUF 15 117 7.80 2 0 148.35
LeSean McCoy – PHI 18 95 5.28 1 0 134.52
Adrian Peterson – MIN 25 120 4.80 2 0 131.89
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – NE 17 70 4.12 1 0 127.01
Jahvid Best – DET 16 57 3.56 1 0 125.10
Michael Turner – ATL 21 114 5.43 1 0 124.36
Brandon Jacobs – NYG 16 50 3.13 1 0 122.70
Shonn Greene – NYJ 16 49 3.06 1 0 122.36
Rashard Mendenhall – PIT 19 66 3.47 1 0 118.04
Frank Gore – SF 20 47 2.35 1 0 109.56
 
 
Now, the top 10 rushers of the season with a minimum of 30 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
 
Player Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
LeSean McCoy – PHI 33 217 6.58 3 0 141.64
Fred Jackson – BUF 35 229 6.54 2 0 138.84
Beanie Wells – ARI 32 183 5.72 2 0 136.93
Adrian Peterson – MIN 41 218 5.32 2 1 113.12
Brandon Jacobs – NYG 22 79 3.59 1 0 112.38
Ray Rice – BAL 32 150 4.69 1 0 105.93
Michael Turner – ATL 31 214 6.90 1 1 103.56
Peyton Hillis – CLE 44 151 3.43 2 1 100.65
Cedric Benson – CIN 41 180 4.39 1 0 98.28
Willis McGahee – DEN 32 104 3.25 1 0 98.04
 
 
Next, let’s look at the top ten teams, based on offensive Rusher Rating, for week 2:
 
Team Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Buffalo Bills 25 217 8.68 2 0 153.18
Arizona Cardinals 15 93 6.20 1 0 139.58
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 105 5.53 2 0 135.88
Carolina Panthers 17 71 4.18 1 0 127.33
Green Bay Packers 21 124 5.91 1 0 126.98
Pittsburgh Steelers 35 124 3.54 2 0 122.38
Minnesota Vikings 33 186 5.64 2 1 122.00
Oakland Raiders 30 131 4.37 3 1 113.59
Atlanta Falcons 29 138 4.76 1 0 109.16
New England Patriots 25 94 3.76 1 0 108.52
 
Buffalo, led by Jackson, gave the Bills the lead for the week. Jackson is unhappy that the Bills have not re-negotiated his contract and he is proving that he deserves to get paid.
 
Next, let’s look at the top ten teams, based on offensive Rusher Rating, for the season:
 
Team Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Green Bay Packers 48 227 4.73 3 0 131.50
Oakland Raiders 69 321 4.65 4 1 122.27
Buffalo Bills 64 380 5.94 3 1 119.04
New York Giants 58 194 3.35 3 0 116.53
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 161 4.60 2 1 114.53
New England Patriots 47 200 4.26 2 0 113.48
Arizona Cardinals 40 192 4.80 2 1 111.06
Minnesota Vikings 59 345 5.85 2 1 106.52
Carolina Panthers 48 145 3.02 2 0 105.93
Philadelphia Eagles 62 369 5.95 3 3 104.79
 
 
Finally, the top ten teams, based on Rusher Rating Differential, for the season (collective record: 13-7)
 
Team Rushing Attempts Offensive Rusher Rating Defensive Rushing Attempts Defensive Rusher Rating Rusher Rating Differential
San Francisco 49ers 56 91.17 44 33.80 57.37
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 114.53 68 75.67 38.86
New York Giants 58 116.53 45 77.88 38.65
Green Bay Packers 48 131.50 42 93.53 37.97
Houston Texans 77 91.11 44 58.12 32.99
Arizona Cardinals 40 111.06 62 88.71 22.35
Tennessee Titans 42 88.96 64 69.39 19.57
New England Patriots 47 113.48 44 95.40 18.08
Atlanta Falcons 43 93.73 57 79.71 14.02
Chicago Bears 39 73.60 43 59.65 13.95