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?
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.