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Which NFL rushing tandem is tops?

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    1. DeAngelo Williams(notes) and Jonathan Stewart(notes), Carolina Panthers
    No two running backs fit together as well as Williams and Stewart. It’s arguably the only tandem in which the No. 1 and No. 2 could swap positions and not hinder the performance of the offense. Stewart may even be the most physically talented of the two, but there is no ambiguity about their seamless fit. Both players are young, have explosive touchdown-producing ability, can play between the tackles, and have shown the ability to catch the football at some point in their careers. From the longer view, maybe only the health factor could hinder this duo – something that has reared its head this preseason with Stewart. But unless the tandem misses significant time together, there’s no question as to which is the best two-deep backfield in the NFL.

    2. Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, Atlanta Falcons
    Norwood has quietly gone about business his first three years in the NFL, averaging a very respectable 817 yards rushing and receiving combined. Now that Turner is in the fold, Norwood’s consistent contribution in the passing game arguably makes them more balanced than Carolina’s tandem. Certainly they are every bit as explosive. However, Turner and Norwood are slightly older, and didn’t quite measure up in total touchdowns last season (30-23). Beyond that, Atlanta’s duo is every bit as good as any other tandem.

    3. Chris Johnson and LenDale White(notes), Tennessee Titans
    Johnson and White are essentially a slightly less efficient version of Carolina’s Williams and Stewart. That could change this season, with White trimming his physique in an effort to become a quicker, more explosive playmaker. Johnson has already become a feared two-dimensional back, while White is one of the most effective short-yardage red-zone specialists in the league. With a healthy season, they could be the NFL’s top rushing tandem. And they’ve already accomplished a feat that no other duo in the top 15 has: Each rushed for his first 1,000-yard season before he turned 24.

    4. Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor(notes), Minnesota Vikings
    Peterson’s sheer dominance combined with Taylor’s versatility should make this the top tandem, but fumbling issues (11 combined last season) and Taylor’s age knock it down just slightly. Truth be told, this duo was at its best in 2007, when Taylor had more of a role in the running game, and Peterson was a more consistent part of the passing game. But even with Taylor starting the decline in his career, Peterson has the ability to carry a tandem into the top five for years to come.

    5. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) and Darren Sproles(notes), San Diego Chargers
    The sparkling playmaking of Sproles got lost a bit last season in the obsession over how much Tomlinson had lost off his game. Even with Tomlinson putting up average numbers (for him, anyway), this was still easily a top-five tandem. Both backs can do it all offensively, and Sproles has a gear and change of direction that may only exist in a half dozen other players in the NFL.

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  2. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
    I could switch 5 & 2. Brian Billick said he thinks LT and Sproles constitute the best backfield in the NFL on Total Access earlier this week. Also called San Diego his pick to win the AFC.
  3. Layne

    Layne Banned Banned

    Jan 18, 2008
    We could easily move up to 3rd...and so we shall.

    We are winning the Superbowl this yr.....better enjoy the ride, and don't get too ****ing drunk. :abq2::abq1:

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