Power Ranking the NFL's Rushing Attacks

Jordan Cohn
June 24, 2020 - 10:14 am

For some, running the football is a lost art. The multitude of recent 5,000-yard passing seasons work as solid evidence of that statement. The Chiefs' Super Bowl win behind quarterback extraordinaire Patrick Mahomes can help to support that thought.

But the record-breaking performance of the 2019 Ravens, the mind-blowing numbers of Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry, and the emergence of studs like Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs suggest that the ground game is still alive and well.

For this list, I'm not only looking at the talent in the running back corps. I'm looking at the depth and quality of a team's running backs, the ability of a team's quarterback to make something happen on the ground, versatile wide receivers who can do damage on end-arounds, the run blocking prowess of that team's offensive line and fullbacks/tight ends, the coach's scheme, recent production and every other facet of an NFL rushing attack.

And before the inevitable attacks begin: no, I don't mean general impact players in the "other impact players" section of each team. I know Julio Jones and Michael Thomas and Tom Brady are impact players. I'm well aware. But, when I say impact players, I mean those who directly impact the ground game with their legs or with their blocking abilities. Now that that's out of the way, let's begin.

2019 statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference. 2019 offensive line run-blocking rankings courtesy of Football Outsiders.

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