Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns this year. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints allowed 111.6 rushing yards per game. Nine of Lynch’s 14 touchdowns came at home.
2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno averaged 99.1 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He averaged 84.5 total yards in two games against the San Diego Chargers. I expect Moreno to play a big role in this one.
3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on the year. He had 103 total yards in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. Gore has five touchdowns in his past four playoff games.
4. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount had 265 yards and four touchdowns in the final two games of the season. He should continue to run strong against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts yielded 125.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season and 150 yards and a touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews averaged 134.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games of the regular season. He had 64 total yards in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals, as Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown shouldered some of the load. Mathews had 189 total yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Broncos this year.
6. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown had 102 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be heavily involved against a struggling Patriots run defense. The Pats ranked 30th with 134.1 rushing yards allowed per game.
7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams averaged 114.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his final three games. He had 46 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Niners.
8. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen had inconsistent production but averaged 79.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in eight games this year. He should be quite active in the passing game.
9. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead finished the season quietly but had 68 total yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He had 86 total yards and a touchdown in two games against the Broncos.
10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram had a quiet year, but he erupted for 114 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s a risky play against the Seattle Seahawks.
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