By Ken Crippen
Pro Football Researchers Association


Detroit’s Jahvid Best led all week 5 rushers using CHFF’s Rusher Rating System, but Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy regained the season lead from Buffalo’s Fred Jackson. In fact, for the first time this season, a running back has achieved a perfect score for the week.

Best’s 12 carries for 163 yards and one touchdown gave him a perfect Rusher Rating of 158.33. Arizona’s Chris “Beanie” Wells moved into second place for the season with his 20 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown (113.13 Rusher Rating). Jackson fell to third place with a 130.81 overall season rating.
 
Despite their losing the game, the Philadelphia Eagles topped the Week 5 charts with a 149.23 rusher rating, namely on Michael Vick’s five carries for 90 yards (151.54 Rusher Rating). However, his number of carries fell below the required minimum to make the list.

Here are the top 10 rushers of week 5 with a minimum of 15 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
 
Player Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Jahvid Best – DET 12 163 13.58 1 0 158.33
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – NE 27 136 5.04 2 0 133.19
Adrian Peterson – MIN 29 122 4.21 3 0 128.64
Michael Turner – ATL 16 56 3.50 1 0 124.76
Maurice Jones-Drew – JAX 19 85 4.47 1 0 123.52
Shonn Greene – NYJ 21 83 3.95 1 0 116.26
Chris Wells – ARI 20 60 3.00 1 0 113.13
Fred Jackson – BUF 26 111 4.27 1 0 109.96
Frank Gore – SF 20 125 6.25 1 1 107.07
Willis McGahee – DEN 16 125 7.81 0 0 95.64
 
 
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
LeSean McCoy – PHI 77 443 5.75 5 0 137.12
Chris Wells – ARI 79 381 4.82 6 2 133.81
Fred Jackson – BUF 90 480 5.33 5 0 130.81
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – NE 77 333 4.32 5 0 129.28
Adrian Peterson – MIN 110 498 4.53 6 1 121.15
Michael Turner – ATL 84 360 4.29 4 1 112.40
LeGarrette Blount – TB 77 328 4.26 3 0 110.35
Darren McFadden – OAK 91 519 5.70 3 1 107.76
Ryan Mathews – SD 85 413 4.86 3 1 104.80
Ray Rice – BAL 66 297 4.50 2 0 104.07
 
 
Next, let’s look at top ten teams, based on offensive Rusher Rating, for week 5:
 
Team Attempts Yards Yards per Attempt TD Fumbles Rusher Rating
Philadelphia Eagles 19 174 9.16 1 0 149.23
Detroit Lions 20 181 9.05 1 0 146.32
Carolina Panthers 22 162 7.36 2 0 145.96
Minnesota Vikings 37 172 4.65 4 0 131.06
Denver Broncos 23 162 7.04 1 0 129.59
New England Patriots 35 152 4.34 2 0 126.77
Buffalo Bills 35 143 4.09 2 0 125.35
Tennessee Titans 18 66 3.67 1 0 121.66
San Francisco 49ers 36 213 5.92 2 1 120.74
Atlanta Falcons 22 95 4.32 1 0 116.37
New Orleans Saints 28 101 3.61 1 0 103.92
 
 
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
Oakland Raiders 150 809 5.39 9 2 128.67
Buffalo Bills 139 691 4.97 7 1 120.82
Carolina Panthers 124 583 4.70 6 1 117.20
Minnesota Vikings 149 800 5.37 7 2 117.06
New England Patriots 138 643 4.66 6 0 116.51
Arizona Cardinals 124 515 4.15 6 3 106.48
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 130 554 4.26 5 1 106.25
San Diego Chargers 152 614 4.04 6 2 103.30
Atlanta Falcons 116 494 4.26 4 1 102.29
Green Bay Packers 125 495 3.96 5 2 101.97
 
Sixty percent of the top ten teams, based on Offensive Rusher Rating, have winning records, including the top three teams in the AFC (Buffalo, San Diego and New England) and the top team in the NFC (Green Bay). The four teams listed have a winning percentage of 85 percent.
 
Finally, the top ten teams, 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 146 97.78 107 54.51 43.27
Carolina Panthers 124 117.20 139 93.85 23.34
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 130 106.25 137 85.68 20.57
Baltimore Ravens 114 79.43 90 58.98 20.45
Minnesota Vikings 149 117.06 117 96.62 20.44
Atlanta Falcons 116 102.29 128 84.40 17.90
Oakland Raiders 150 128.67 117 110.92 17.75
Green Bay Packers 125 101.97 99 86.69 15.28
Chicago Bears 82 94.12 98 79.02 15.11
Tennessee Titans 112 84.77 137 69.75 15.02
 
Sixty percent of the top ten teams, based on Rusher Rating Differential, have winning records, with a winning percentage of 72 percent.