Power Ranking The NFL Divisions By Running Back Situations.

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We have been stuck in lockdown for about 11 weeks now. We have had barley any sports to talk about… However what is something that gets everyone’s juices flowing?

Power Rankings.

Especially because most of the time they are complete bullshit. They try to predict the future which is just about impossible to do. But what the hell we love (and love to hate) them.

So this week I am going to do NFL division by division power rankings, broken down my overall position situations in the divisions.

First I am going to start with running back situations. I know the running back position has been extremely devalued over the years, however it is still a position we all love and that is polarizing.

So here are my 8 through 1 power rankings of the divisions by running back situations. Some teams I name one running back, some two or three, depending on how the team uses their backs, usually.

8. AFC EAST

Bills: Devin Singletary

Dolphins: Jordan Howard, Matt Breida

Jets: Le’veon Bell, Frank Gore

Patriots: Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead.

There are some big names in this division. Obviously with Lev Bell, and Frank Gore heading from the Bills to the Jets. But, Bell stunk last year, Gore is old, Singletary wasn’t as good as everyone hoped to be as a rookie. Jordan Howard can be good but will he be? The Patriots have the best group in the division, I believe. But I’ll put the AFC East last.

7. NFC WEST

49ers: Robert Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerrick McKinnon

Cardinals: Kenyon Drake

Rams: Darrelle Henderson Jr.

Seahawks: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny

I know what you are thinking. “The 49ers were one of the best running team last year.” Agreed. But can Mostert do it again? Can McKinnon stay healthy? Who is the Rams running back? Both top backs for the Seahawks are coming off big injuries. I do like Drake now being the Cardinals #1… But can sustain?

6. AFC WEST

Broncos: Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay

Chargers: Austin Eckler

Chiefs: Damien Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Raiders: Josh Jacoba

I won’t fight you if you think this group should be higher. This is what makes this so hard. Josh Jacobs is a stud, and Gordon/Lindsay 1-2 punch might be deadly. But I just liked some other divisions overall situations a bit better… But, not by much.

5. AFC SOUTH

Colts: Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor

Jaguars: Leonard Fournette

Texans: David Johnson, Duke Johnson

Titans: Derrick Henry

Big names in this group. We all know that Henry basically took over the playoffs last year and is a freak. And, I also believe Marlon Mack is the most underrated running back in football. But, what does David Johnson have left.. Is he even the best Jonson in that backfield? And, can Fournette stay healthy…? For what looks to be his last season in Jacksonville.

4. AFC NORTH

Bengals: Joe Mixon

Browns: Nick Chubb

Ravens: Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins

Steelers: James Conner

I still can’t believe the Ravens stole Dobbins in the draft. I think Chubb could lead the league in rushing. Mixon came on strong at the end of last year and is due to break out. And, we know what Conner is capable of. A very solid group, could even be higher.

3. NFC SOUTH

Buccaneers: Ronald Jones

Falcons: Todd Gurley

Panthers: Christian McCaffery

Saints: Alvin Kamara

People might say this division should be number one, but not with the question marks that also surround this group. Ronald Jones should get much better with the threat of Brady, and I think the change of scenery will be great for Gurley, if healthy. But I do question Kamara as an every down back, he was much more explosive with Ingram. And, I don’t even have to say anything about McCaffery, he’s just too good.

2. NFC EAST

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard

Eagles: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott

Giants: Saquon Barkley

Redskins: AP, Derrius Guice

We don’t even have to say anything about Zeke and Barkley. But, I believe Sanders is going to take the jump the elite running back level this season. The kid showed unbelievable skills as a rookie. And the Skins, if Guice could stay healthy for more than a series this division could be ranked #1, and AP is just still out there beating Father Time.

1. NFC NORTH

Bears: David Montgomery

Lions: Kerryon Johnson, DeAndre Swift

Packers: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon

Vikings: Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison

When I started this process I didn’t think the NFC North would be the top dog. But as I ranked I said, damn they have some studs. Cook can absolutely take over any game. Jones is the perfect compliment for AROD/can run inside or outside. Don’t look now but the Lions actually have a running game that is a two headed monster. And if the Bears actually use Montgomery right he’s an absolute beast. Top to bottom it’s the best division, but by a nose hair.

Like I said, this wasn’t easy to do. I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m sure some might agree and others will execute me through a Twitter firing squad. But hey.. That’s 2020.

Look out for more skill position division rankings this week.

-Kmess

 

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