Week 13 Rushing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

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Baltimore Ravens Rushing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Ravens – and fantasy players – are holding their breath as they await word on rookie Gus Edwards’ ankle injury. Johnson has taken the NFL by storm, racking up 233 yards at 5.83 per attempt over his first 2 weeks as the lead runner. But he surprisingly missed Wednesday’s practice, and if he can’t get back on the field by Friday, he’ll likely sit this week out. That would be devastating for the run-oriented Ravens, who watched Alex Collins and Javorius Allen slog to just 3.42 over the season’s first 9 weeks. Johnson isn’t much of an athlete, but he’s exceptionally powerful at 238 pounds and has served as the offensive engine over the past 2 weeks. His bulldozing style fits much better behind road-grading guard Marshal Yanda than that of Collins, who doesn’t run with much power, or the team’s passing-down specialists. If Edwards can suit up Sunday, he’ll face a mouthwatering matchup as he looks to solidify his role. If he can’t, it’s safe to expect more low-impact, “three yards and a cloud of dust” running from the rest of the crew. Collins himself is battling a nagging foot injury, so this attack could be dominated by quarterback Lamar Jackson for at least a week. Jackson has been outstanding as a runner (190 yards on 37 attempts), but the team needs a deep-back presence to some degree. It’s not hard to find ground success against the Falcons, but the Ravens could struggle if forced to lean on the bottom of their depth chart.

The Falcons shouldn’t be this bad on run defense. They boast strong interior play on the line: Grady Jarrett has played at a Pro Bowl level all year, while Jack Crawford’s play has picked up over the course of the season. But with so much uncertainty behind them at linebacker, every opponent’s carry is an adventure. Running backs are averaging 4.97 yards per attempt on the year, and 6.31 over the last 3 weeks. It’s unlikely the return of Deion Jones, if that happens this week will solve all of their problems. Jones is a fine linebacker but is more impactful in pass coverage than as a gap-plugging run stuffer. If nothing else, he’ll at least keep Duke Riley off the field on running downs. Riley has been a disaster in Jones’ place, frequently misreading runs and finding himself washed out of plays. Regardless of Jones’ status, there are few more enticing matchups in football right now than this one.

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Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Panthers boast one of the NFL’s most dynamic one-two punches on the ground, even if it’s not a conventional one. The quick-footed Christian McCaffrey has been an underrated inside runner dating back to his Stanford days when he would consistently grind down eight-man boxes geared to shut him down. He’s now showcasing that ability on the NFL level, using his athleticism and physicality to create plenty of post-contact yardage. The clear face of the Carolina run game, McCaffrey has racked up 4.95 yards per carry on the year, and 5.48 over the last 4 weeks. Supporting him is Cam Newton, who’s averaging 4.91 yards per attempt of his own and remains a true bully in the open field. The pair works behind a subpar front line but packs enough dynamism and grit to excel anyway, and matchup hasn’t been much of a concern lately.

The Tampa Bay run defense, solid to open the year, has fallen apart and now stands as one of football’s worst. Over the past 6 weeks, they’ve allowed more ground touchdowns (9) than anyone, as well as the league’s fifth-most yards per carry (5.33). Lead backs are averaging 5.16 themselves and 100 per game over that span, scoring 7 touchdowns along the way. Matt Breida’s Week 12 performance – 106 easy yards despite losing by 18 points – may have been the season’s low point for this unit. It’s not a huge surprise, with top linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David on the shelf and a front line more into rushing the passer than tying up blockers. There are often wide lanes onto the second level, and explosive runners have no real problem bursting through them and into daylight.

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Denver Broncos Rushing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Phillip Lindsay is separating himself from Royce Freeman at this point as over the last two weeks even with Freeman back, Lindsay is averaging 12.5 carries for 94.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns compared to Freeman’s 6.5 carries for 20 yards and 0.5 touchdowns over the same two-game span. While Lindsay will not average 7.5 yards per carry each week, he remains the more dynamic running back on the Broncos who brings more big-play ability every time he touches the field.

The Bengals may have the worst overall defense in the NFL and it seems at this point the team does not have the will to turn it around. On the season, the Bengals are allowing an average of 119 yards and a touchdown per game and over the last three games have allowed 153 yards and 1.7 touchdowns to opposing running backs. While the Bengals did get Vontaze Burfict back last week, he was largely ineffective in his return and does not appear to be a difference maker as he has now played five games this season with very little impact to the run defense. This is an undertalented linebacking unit that is in disarray after they fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin as Hue Jackson has been helping run the defense in Cincinnati.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Rushing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Jones is the face of this rushing offense as the Packers are leaning heavily on him and no other running back. Jones has played at least 74 percent of the snaps in three straight games, leading this backfield in snaps in five straight games since their Week 7 bye. Over that five-game period since the bye week, Jones has rushed 69 times compared to just 16 rushing attempts from Jamaal Williams, who has had just two rushes in the past two games. Jones continues to look great ad he is making the most out of his solid volume with five touchdowns in the last five weeks while still maintaining right at six yards per rush attempt on the season. Left tackle David Bakhtiari suffered two injuries to the same knee in last week’s game and is questionable coming into this week. This offensive line is a top-5 unit with Bakhtiari on the field, and he would certainly be missed if unable to suit up this week. However, this line should still grade out as an above average unit even without Bakhtiari. Jones has also shown great toughness to pick up yards after contact all season long, so he should still be a solid play even if his running lanes may be slightly thinner.

The Cardinals’ stretch of terrible games against the run continued last week as they allowed nearly 180 yards on the ground to the Chargers. This defense has allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards to running backs just twice in 11 games this season, fueling why they rank second-worst in the NFL in both rushing yards and fantasy points (non-PPR) allowed to running backs. Improvement is nowhere in sight for this unit as they just lost middle linebacker Josh Bynes for the season due to an injury sustained last week. Bynes has been one of the best players on this entire defense, and certainly was their top run defender in the middle. Gerald Hodges saw an uptick in snaps to replace Bynes last week, but he has no proven talent against the run and should continue contributing to one of the league’s worst run defenses that should allow ample running room for Jones and company this week.

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Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kareem Hunt after getting off to a slow start to the season has been extremely consistent. Hunt has rushed for 70 or more yards in 7 of his last 8 games and has averaged 4.0 yards per carry or more in each of those seven games. Hunt’s volume is not going to be as high as other running backs as the team appears to be limiting has carries and trying to keep them in check as he has averaged just 14.7 carries per game over his last six games.

The Raiders rushing defense has struggled for a large majority of this season. They have allowed the third most attempts on the year and are allowing a staggering 4.9 yards per carry on those attempts. Over the last five games, the Raiders have allowed six running backs to rush for 78 yards or more and the team just has no consistent playmakers to stop the run making it one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL. The Raiders are just rotating people at this point trying to find something on defense as they had 8 defensive linemen take snaps in their last game.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense at Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

LeSean McCoy doesn’t look “done,” but he’s no longer able to consistently carry the Bills offense. From Weeks 7-9, he tallied just 24 yards over 24 attempts. He then shredded the Jets in Week 10, but came back to earth last Sunday (17 for 46) against Jacksonville’s stout defense. Simply put, McCoy just isn’t much of a weapon right now. His best qualities – short-area quickness and creativity as an open-field runner – don’t matter much behind the Bills’ bottom-tier offensive line. The team’s predictable ground game has been supplemented of late, though, with speedster Marcus Murphy and quarterback Josh Allen working their way into usage. Murphy has averaged 5.50 yards per carry as the change-of-pace back, and Allen turned 12 rushes into 100 yards and 1 touchdown against Jacksonville. This is never an easy unit to project success for, considering the woeful state of the line and passing game. But in favorable matchups like this one, there are often chunks of productivity, and McCoy could be in for a rebound. Allen is the wild card – he’s a fine athlete with good running instincts and could certainly rumble to another big day.

The Dolphins simply can’t stop anyone on the ground. On the year, they’ve given the NFL’s third-most rushing yards (139 a game) at the seventh-highest mark per rush (4.81). Over the past 2 months they’ve allowed massive fantasy days to Kerryon Johnson (158 yards), Lamar Miller (133 and 1 touchdown), and Aaron Jones (145 and 2). That’s to say nothing of the merely “good” lines posted by Joe Mixon (93), LeGarrette Blount (50 and 1), and Marlon Mack (85). With a mediocre line and terrible linebacking play, it’s not hard to see why. Power backs are easily grinding out tough yardage, while quick-footed runners keep finding wide lanes into the secondary. Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy, Marcus Murphy, and Josh Allen project for their easiest running days in quite some time.

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Chicago Bears Rushing Offense at New York Giants Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Bears rushing attack continues to be almost non-existent this season as last week the Bears were unable to move the ball rushing for just 38 yards last week against the Lions. The Bears all but abandoned the run last week as Jordan Howard who consistently has been ineffective the last few weeks has been unable to show a burst and with the offensive line issues that the Bears have had with Pro Bowl Guard Kyle Long being out, there is not much room for Howard and this offense to move the ball.

The Giants rushing defense has been a unit that has really struggled since the trade of Damon Harrison who was a leader on the defensive line for this team and made the lives of his fellow teammates significantly easier. Since the Harrison trade, the Giants have allowed every starting running back to score a touchdown and have allowed 98 yards per game to the starting running backs. The Giants have faced some fairly easy competition which complicates matters even more as they have faced Josh Adams, Peyton Barber, Matt Breida, Adrian Peterson, and Tevin Coleman over that five-game period. This is a unit that should not be feared and is one of the weaker units in the NFL. The big question will be whether the Bears can commit to the running game long enough to beat this Giants team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Rushing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Lamar Miller continues to show a spark and is a big reason that the Texans are on their eight-game winning streak. Over his last five games, Miller has run for an average of 100 yards per game. The offensive line remains an issue for the Texans as Julien Davenport has been one of the worst left tackles in football, but it remains a significantly better run blocking unit than a pass blocking unit as Matt Bitonti has graded this unit as a B- as a run blocking unit and a D+ as a pass blocking unit.

The Browns rushing attack is significantly better with Joe Schobert back and healthy, but it is nowhere near a perfect unit. The biggest issue for the Browns is that the defensive line continues to get run stops in the backfield as they have lacked a consistent push outside of Myles Garrett this season. Trevon Coley and Emmanuel Ogbah have both struggled with consistency throughout the season which have led to the Browns struggles at times. This is an up and down unit and when it is bad it is very bad as they have allowed four running backs to rush for over 130 yards and five running backs to score two touchdowns or more in a game. If the offensive line for Houston can handle this defensive line it could make for a long day for this Browns rushing attack.

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San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Breida continues to lead this 49ers backfield as he looked healthy coming off the bye, rushing for over 100 yards in his second straight game. Breida was explosive in each of his last two games and looks to have a firm grip on his role in this offense as San Francisco is extremely thin at the running back position now that Raheem Mostert’s season came to an end due to injury. Alfred Morris was healthy coming into last week, but he was scratched just before the game. Morris has played very poorly this season despite ample opportunities, so it his lack of involvement in this offense absolutely makes sense. It should be all Breida going forward, who if healthy, is more than capable of leading this backfield running behind an above-average offensive line.

The Seahawks run defense had one of their worst games of the season last week, coughing up a total of 220 rushing yards and a touchdown to the Panthers ground game. Christian McCaffrey’s 125-yard outing marked the third time in four weeks a running back has exceeded 110 rushing yards when facing Seattle. After giving up a rushing touchdown to running backs in just two of their first seven games, the Seahawks have now allowed a rushing touchdown in four straight games. This will be their first meeting of the season with the division rival 49ers, who should have the upper hand in the trenches with a superior offensive line. While the Seahawks linebacking group is thin, they still have Bobby Wagner with hopes of a return from K.J. Wright. If Wright is back, that combination of him and Wagner will help prop this defense up against the run. However, if Wright sits again, this defense may struggle to contain Breida based on the direction the yare trending in.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense vs New York Jets Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Titans continue to struggle with effectively moving the ball on the ground using their dual-threat attack of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis. Lewis has been getting the starts lately, but snaps and carries have still been split close to evenly. Lewis certainly has the upside amongst these two, but his running style shown lately has been far too indecisive to be a big factor on the ground--as shown last week with his eight yards on seven attempts with over half of his rushes going for negative or no yards. The offensive line is playing a big part in why neither Lewis nor Henry has managed to get consistent production, as the play from these Titans guards has been very suspect while their tackles cannot stay healthy. Marcus Mariota continues to add a dimension on the ground as he extends plays with his legs, but this rushing offense as a whole will need better offensive line play if they are to find sustained success.

The Jets have faced a couple high-volume ground games in the past two weeks and struggled to combat them, allowing nearly 200 rushing yards per game to running backs over that stretch. On the season, the Jets have been below average against the run with opposing running backs averaging 107 rushing yards and nearly one touchdown per game. They have now given up six rushing touchdowns in their last five games while a running back has exceeded 80 rushing yards in three of those five outings. They are not exactly squaring off against top-notch rushing offenses either, which adds insult to injury to those stats against the run. New York has the personnel to be effective though, as Mike Pennel is playing well at nose tackle while Leonard Williams has talent that has shown at times on that interior line as well. Their interior linebackers have the ability to play well while their combination of safeties have been particularly effective in run defense. The way to attack this defense is on the edges to take advantage of their weaker edge linebackers and defensive backs, which should be the strength for the Titans with their excellent pair of tackles. Depending on the playcalling, the Titans running backs should have a shot at making an impact against this reeling run defense.

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Arizona Cardinals Rushing Offense at Green Bay Packers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The heavy usage of David Johnson continues as he saw another 17 carries last week, but the type of carries are what seem to have held him back from having a better outing. The Cardinals own one of the worst offensive lines in football as the injury-laden unit tries to scrap together some level of cohesiveness with limited talent. Despite this obvious weakness, nearly all of Johnson’s carries last week went up the middle relying wholly on his offensive line instead of getting him into space, with all but three of those carries ending in fewer than five-yard gains. The coaching staff has certainly taken plenty of criticism this season, but taking last week’s outing aside, their usage of Johnson has improved while the volume continues to be there. While his productivity on the ground may not be the primary attraction, Johnson remains an elite talent that just needs the right playcalling to set him up for success. With that said, this remains one of the league’s worst rushing offenses and will continue to be limited on the ground by their poor offensive line play, a shaky quarterback situation, and comeback mentality required from negative game scripts.

The Packers run defense had a decent game last week limiting the Vikings running backs to only 62 rushing yards despite it being their first outing without a couple key pieces of their defensive front in Mike Daniels and Nick Perry. Middle linebacker Blake Martinez was all over the field, just as he has been all season, while Green Bay’s defensive front took advantage of a sub-par Vikings offensive line. Kenny Clark is showing he can put this defensive line on his back as he has been absolutely elite as one of the best at his position. Coming off a couple tough outings against the Seahawks and Colts, it was encouraging to see this defense have some success against the run, now ranked 23rd in rushing yards per game allowed. If this defense can have success against the Vikings offensive line, they certainly should have the upper hand this week against a clear bottom-five ranked Cardinals offensive line.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

With Ezekiel Elliott consistently rolling over opposing defenses, the run-oriented Cowboys now boast the NFL’s third-best rushing offense (fifth-best on a per-rush basis). Elliott is the engine of the offense and has now topped 120 ground yards in 3 straight games, leading the league with 97.6 per game on the year. The Dallas line isn’t quite as dominant as it’s been over the past few years but remains an upper-tier unit. Journeyman guard Xavier Su’a-Filo has excelled in place of injured rookie Connor Williams; he’s not as talented but is a better run blocker and a natural fit for this power attack. Altogether, it’s an ideal line for the hard-charging but nimble Elliott, who’s routinely given room to build up steam and turn three yards into five or six. He’s among football’s safest weekly bets for both volume and efficiency, regardless of matchup or game flow. Quarterback Dak Prescott is running more than ever, as well, and has found the end zone five times over the last six weeks. He’s both a strong scrambler and great on called runs, and he’s am extremely determined runner near the goal line.

The Saints run defense opened the year on a strong level but has stumbled noticeably over the past month or so. From Weeks 8-11, opposing lead backs averaged a robust 5.41 yards per carry, finding the end zone 3 times in the process. They did settle things down last week, though, holding Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith to a combined 6 yards on 12 rushes. Like last season’s Patriots, this is a fairly shaky group that bends quite a bit but doesn’t allow many big fantasy days due to big leads and game flow. There’s always plenty of potential for efficiency, with weaknesses on the second level that allow for quite a few breakaway runs. But as long as the Saints are controlling the script, it’s never easy to project much overall production.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Rushing Offense vs Los Angeles Rams Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Lions are hoping that explosive rookie Kerryon Johnson can return to action this week. Johnson has dazzled thus far, averaging 5.43 yards over 118 carries and topping 70 in 4 of his 10 appearances. But a knee sprain cost him Thanksgiving, and if he can’t suit up, the Lions will again go with LeGarrette Blount in the lead role. The 31-year-old was surprisingly effective on Thanksgiving, charging through the Bears’ stout run defense for 88 yards and 2 scores on 19 attempts. But prior to that, he’d managed just 2.35 yards per rush on the year, serving mainly as a short-yardage specialist. Johnson brings elements to the offense that Blount simply can’t, and he represents the Lions’ best chance at taking advantage of a Rams front that’s vulnerable to quick-footed runners. Either will run behind a run-blocking line that’s fairly stout, especially on the interior.hargin

The Rams run defense should be much better than it is. Led by a front line that includes all-world dominator Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, one would expect this unit to hold tight up front and shut down opposing run games. Unfortunately, the linebacking crew has been so weak that, once a runner does crest the line, he often has plenty of room on the next level. Mark Barron continues to struggle mightily in run defense, while Cory Littleton is a special-teamer who’s stretched as a full-time defender. As a result, running backs are averaging 4.90 yards per rush, and each of the last 4 lead runners they’ve faced has produced at least 70 on the day. If Kerryon Johnson is playing, this would be upgraded to a good matchup, but as it stands now, LeGarrette Blount is hard to trust with against this defensive line.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Offense vs Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Leonard Fournette will sit this week after his Week 12 scuffle, and left guard Andrew Norwell is out for multiple games, and those are actually the biggest transitions for the Jacksonville offense. The ground-oriented Jaguars will face the Colts without their engine, and replacements T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde will operate behind one of the league’s worst front lines. (Our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it 31st.) Norwell joins top blocker and fellow guard Brandon Linder on injured reserve, severely damaging the team’s power approach on the interior. Yeldon isn’t a great back in any one area, and he certainly doesn’t boast Fournette’s power, so he won’t be grinding out the clock in the same way. Yeldon has some open-field shiftiness, but breaking onto the second level won’t be particularly easy. Hyde will rotate in on running downs, but his game projects poorly with the offensive line issues. He’s not as powerful as his 230-pound frame suggests, and he lacks real speed to the edges. The Jaguars would love to lean on the ground game and ask as little as possible from Cody Kessler, but that’s a much trickier task this week than most.

The Colts continue to trot out a subpar run defense, one that flashes promise but remains wholly beatable by strong run games. They’ve now allowed at least one opposing runner to average north of 5.00 yards per carry in 7 of 11 games, a list that ranges from speedy scatbacks to powerful, bell-cow types. The front line has been solid for much of the year, with Denico Autry and Al Woods forming a solid tandem up the middle. And rookie middle linebacker Darius Leonard has been a revelation in both facets of the defense. Still, the rest of the front seven is built more for penetration and pass rush than for stout run defense. When backs are given a crease, they’re often able to take advantage of wide gaps onto the second level. The Colts won’t face Leonard Fournette this week, which is ultimately a blessing for the Colts but they still are a unit that is nowhere near a shutdown unit.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Chargers will move forward, at least for a few weeks, without the services of Melvin Gordon, who’s enjoying his best and most efficient season as a pro. Luckily, they boast one of the league’ most dynamic backups. Austin Ekeler was a true workhorse at Western State, topping 1,000 ground yards in all 4 seasons, with a 6.24 average and 55 touchdowns over 40 games. His dynamism has definitely carried into the NFL – Ekeler’s 5.72-yard average is third among backs with at least 100 attempts over the last 2 seasons. It’s unfair to call him an even replacement for Gordon, but there shouldn’t be a devastating drop-off. Ekeler will operate behind a rapidly ascending front line that’s led by center Mike Pouncey and left tackle Russell Okung, both outstanding run blockers. He’ll also get to work against a Pittsburgh defense that will have to spread itself far and wide to control all of the Chargers’ weaponry. Ekeler fits best as a change-of-pace guy, but he projects beautifully as a short-term fill-in.

The Pittsburgh run defense, so dominant to open the year, is beginning to show major cracks. Over the last 3 weeks they’ve allowed opposing backs to average 4.66 yards per rush, and all 3 lead runners have topped 75 on the day. It all culminated last week in Denver rookie Phillip Lindsay’s 14-carry, 110-yard, 1-touchdown eruption. Lindsay found running lanes and picked up chunk gains all day, routinely exploiting the Steelers’ inconsistent gap play. This is a deep and generally stout run defense, but it’s definitely missing end Stephon Tuitt, who’s sat the last two games and has no timetable to return. Tuitt is a powerful, athletic presence up front, and opponents are capitalizing on his absence.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Rushing Offense at New England Patriots Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Vikings ground game has struggled since their Week 10 bye with the combination of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray averaging just 2.3 rushing yards per attempt over their last two games. A banged-up offensive line certainly contributes to this lack of effectiveness with both guards Mike Remmers and Tom Compton battling through injuries with this unit ranking near the bottom with a “C-” run grade according to Footballguys offensive line specialist Matt Bitonti. Usage of both Cook and Murray has been slightly perplexing since Cook’s return as they split time on the field at close to a 60/40 ratio in favor of Cook in Week 9, switched heavily in favor of Cook after the bye week in Week 11, then went back to the 60/40 snap split last week with Murray actually seeing one more carry than Cook. Most of Murray’s workload came when trying to salt away the victory last week though, as Cook remains the every-down back of choice for the Vikings and should see most opportunities going forward due in part fo his effectiveness as a pass-catcher. Murray can only be relied upon as a secondary option as long as Cook remains healthy.

The Patriots run defense has continued to look decent in recent weeks after a slow start to the season. They have allowed just two rushing touchdowns and an average of 84 rushing yards per game to running backs over their last four games. Limiting scores on the ground has been a strength of this defense as they have given up just the second-fewest rushing touchdowns in the league (5). With a couple of strong defensive linemen in Lawrence Guy and Trey Flowers, this front can be a difficult one to handle--especially for a below average offensive line like that of the Vikings. Where running backs can excel, however, is on the second level as these Patriots linebackers leave much to be desired when it comes to their ability to bottle up opposing runners.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Rushing Offense at Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The duo of Isaiah Crowell and Elijah McGuire continue to split snaps and carries for the Jets offense, each rushing six times in last week’s game. McGuire has played more snaps than Crowell in three straight games, but Crowell continues to slightly out-touch McGuire while they both have turned in inconsistent performances on the ground. Trenton Cannon has also mixed in at times on the ground, but he appears to be a clear third option with no carries in two of his last three games. The offensive line improved last week with the return of center Spencer Long, but this group is still a below average unit even at full strength. With the Jets often playing from behind, the volume can be an for this backfield--as we saw last week as they all but abandoned the ground game. With both low volume and a mixed workload in store here, treat these runners with caution for fantasy purposes.

Tennessee was embarrassed by the Texans last week as they allowed 281 yards on the ground. It was not just Lamar Miller’s 97-yard touchdown run that did this damage, as both Miller and Watson were consistently breaking off chunk plays against this Titans defense that had otherwise been proficient against the run. Jurrell Casey remains the stalwart of this defensive line, but he needs support from his linebackers, such as Jayon Brown, who has been known more for his pass rushing abilities than in run defense. The Titans had allowed just the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs prior to last week, so this defense fundamentally should be able to play better than what they showed last week. The Jets offensive line is in a similar spot as the Texans’ in terms of talent, but if the Titans make just a few adjustments on defense to counter what may have been an outlier performance from last week, these Jets running backs should still be in store for a decent challenge.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Raiders rushing offense is one of the few units on the team that has been consistent throughout the season. Doug Martin has been effective since Marshawn Lynch has been out with injury as Martin has rushed for 4.1 yards per carry or more in each of the five games without Lynch. The issues for the Raiders have been that they have been forced to abandon the running attack due to falling behind early in games and the inability to consistently move the ball.

On the season, the Chiefs have been a team that their run defense has been to score enough points to prevent opponents from running. On the season, the Chiefs have allowed the fourth most rushing yards per carry at 5.0 and have faced the 8th fewest rushing attempts. It remains a unit that has issues at the linebacker position as Reggie Ragland who was relegated to the bench last week alongside Anthony Hitchens have both struggled mightily to stop the run on a consistent basis. This is a team that is built to rush the passer with Justin Houston and Dee Ford and not one that is built to consistently stop the run. The Chiefs have allowed 13 running backs to rush for 50 yards or more this season in just 11 games and outside of stopping James Conner Week 2 have shown very little resistance to the running game. The problem for Oakland is whether they will abandon the run due to projected to be behind in this game.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Offense vs Washington Redskins Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh Adams has effectively taken over for the Eagles after a breakout performance that we had seen coming for some time. Adams has a tremendous combination of power and speed which is something that the Eagles have not had since Jay Ajayi went down with an injury. Adams snap counts have increased over the last three weeks significantly rising from 31% to 55% to 62% last week including getting 22 of the team’s 27 carries last week.

The Redskins will likely be without Matt Ioannidis this week which is a major blow to the Redskins defensive line this week as 5th round rookie Tim Settle who is a 5th round rookie will likely be forced into action this week. This makes for a very young defensive line for the Redskins as they’ll be running out rookies Daron Payne, Tim Settle and second-year play Jonathan Allen. It is a talented group as a whole but has been an up and down on the season. Zach Brown at middle linebacker remains one of the best in football and we’ve seen what the Redskins can do in shutting down Ezekiel Elliott (33 yards), Christian McCaffrey (20 yards), Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara (77 total yards), Saquon Barkley (38 yards). However, over the last two weeks, they have shown a bit of fatigue allowing 121 yards to Ezekiel Elliott and 132 combined yards to Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

James Conner has come back to earth after a dizzying midseason stretch that made many forget LeVeon Bell’s name. After averaging 119 ground yards from Weeks 5-9, he’s been held below 70 in 3 straight games, with just 1 touchdown over 35 attempts. Still, it’s encouraging that the drop-off has been rooted in volume, not efficiency – at least he’s kept his per-carry average north of 4.00 over this dip. Conner isn’t quite the quick-footed athlete Bell is, but he runs with vision and purpose and is exceptional at adding yardage after contact. His patient yet physical style fits great behind the Steelers’ top-tier front line, particularly on the right side, where center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro form arguably football’s best run-blocking tandem. Even with tackle Marcus Gilbert ailing and unlikely to suit up, this is a strong, dynamic unit that imposes its will on defenses more often than not.

Even with Joey Bosa back in the saddle, the Chargers remain banged-up and undermanned on run defense. Over the past three weeks, they’ve lost starting middle linebacker Denzel Perryman and key rotational lineman Corey Liuget to injured reserve. Those injuries aren’t back-breakers – Perryman is frequently hurt, while Liuget is an inconsistent presence up front. But they’re definitely thinning out the depth chart. Jatavis Brown now looms as the top linebacker, and he’s always struggled mightily in run defense. Liuget’s role should go mostly to third-round rookie Justin Jones, who looked solid over 21 snaps last week but isn’t quite on the veteran’s level as a run stuffer. This has been one of football’s most average run defenses all year, and while they don’t look doomed after these injuries, they certainly can’t help matters. The Steelers’ long-tenured, often-dominant front line is now looking at its best matchup in at least a month.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Peyton Barber’s volume is as dependable as just about anyone’s, with double-digit carries in 7 straight games and 9 of 11 overall. He’s the clear lead dog in Tampa Bay’s backfield, and he’s moderately successful in decent game scripts. But Barber isn’t a big-play guy, with unexceptional talent and athleticism, and saddled behind a subpar run-blocking line. A career 3.96 per-carry rusher, Barber is at 3.86 this season and has been held below 3.50 in 5 of 11 games. There’s always potential for volume and short touchdowns in this high-octane offense, but Barber is never a good bet for efficiency.

The Carolina run defense is no longer the dominant unit it was for most of 2017. This group is much less consistent and more beatable, especially by quick-footed runners that can explode through arm tackles. The line remains stout, especially up the middle, where Kawann Short and Dontari Poe do a great job of controlling space. But the linebackers – even Luke Kuechly – are coming up short more often than usual this season. Poor angles and tackling have plagued the whole unit, and they’re consistently allowing stat lines that are limited by game flow but extremely efficient. Before corralling Chris Carson in Week 12, the Panthers were beaten solidly by James Conner (13 for 65 and 1 touchdown) and Kerryon Johnson (15 for 87 and 1) in back-to-back games.

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Washington Redskins Rushing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Adrian Peterson appears to be slowing down after a stellar start to the season he has been struggling as of late to consistently gain yardage as he is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry over his last four games. It’s not all Peterson’s fault however as the Redskins offensive line has been an absolute mess with Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao out for the year and Trent Williams at far less than 100%. The good news for the Redskins is that they may get Chris Thompson back this week which would help with the rushing attack forcing the defense to defend the run laterally instead of Peterson’s between the tackle type running style.

For the third week in a row, the Eagles rushing attack is crumbling. Both Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman moved with ease through the Eagles front seven and ran for 126 yards against this Eagles front. Over the last three games, the Eagles have faced some tough competition (Dallas, New Orleans, and New York Giants) but have allowed the third most rushing yards per game and an average of 1.3 touchdowns per game. This remains a talented unit, but the issue is that the Dime defense that the Eagles have been running to hide their secondary issues have caused issues on the ground as effectively they are playing a 4-1-6 defense with Malcolm Jenkins sliding down to the box at the linebacker position. This is still a unit that has the talent on the defensive line to cause issues for the Redskins and all of the offensive line issues that they have.

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Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Offense vs Denver Broncos Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Mixon continues to have a solid season even with the lack of consistent volume on a week to week basis. The Bengals are limiting Mixon’s carries since he has returned from injury as he is only averaging 12.3 carries per game. On the season, Mixon has been productive outside of a tough matchup two weeks ago at Baltimore as outside of that game he has rushed for 50 yards per more in every game this season and averaging 82 yards per game. Jeff Driskel taking over for Andy Dalton adds an additional threat on the ground and should help the rushing attack for the Bengals this week as while he is not extremely mobile, he is much like Mitchell Trubisky in that he can break a long run from time to time as we saw in the New Orleans game when he came in during garbage time.

The Broncos run defense outside of a three-game outlier has largely returned to 2017 form. They have faced a gauntlet over the last four weeks and have held strong holding David Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Lamar Miller, Melvin Gordon and James Conner to an average of 46 yards per game. The front seven is full of talent and the defensive line led by Derek Wolfe and Domata Peko are space-eating linemen who are preventing the offensive lineman from getting to the second level. This is one of the better run stopping units in football.

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Los Angeles Rams Rushing Offense at Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Todd Gurley and the Rams run game continue to excel at every turn. Running behind arguably football’s best line (our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it first, with an A+ run-blocking grade), Gurley has already breezed past 1,000 yards for the year, averaging a robust 4.97 per rush along the way. In fact, he hasn’t been held below 4.20 for a game since Week 5. In the much-awaited shootout with Kansas City 2 weeks ago, Gurley’s running was all but schemed out of the game, but he still turned 12 carries into 55 yards. Gurley’s blend of power, quickness, and speed are simply too much for defenses to control when they’re already defending against a productive, star-studded passing game.

The Detroit run defense has surged over the past month, going from one of the NFL’s weakest to one of the toughest. Over the last 4 weeks, aside from a 70-yard run by Dalvin Cook, they’ve allowed opposing runners to rack up just 167 yards on 62 attempts (2.69 per rush). The main reason for the turnaround is clear: the team’s October trade for run-plugger Damon Harrison. Harrison is a true difference-maker up front, one capable of both tying up interior blockers and shutting down runs himself. But he’s been joined by a few breakouts up front, including fellow tackle DaShawn Hand and end Ricky Jean-Francois, who are holding their own nicely against the run. Their presence has been huge for second-year middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, who still looks lost far too often, but has less to work through with a dominating line up front.

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Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

At age 34, Frank Gore continues to churn out efficient, no-nonsense running. In fact, his 4.54-yard per-carry average stands as his highest mark since 2012. Even behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines (our Matt Bitonti ranks it 29th), Gore continues to work his way forward into solid yardage. Clearly, coach Adam Gase appreciates his efficiency more than the Kenyan Drake’s dynamism. Drake is no more than a change-of-pace back in this scheme – he’s averaging 4.58 in his own right, but lacks Gore’s consistency and dependability. Going forward, Gore should continue to lead the run-game charge, though his ultimate upside is always capped by the Dolphins’ lack of volume and touchdown opportunity. The best outcome for fantasy players would be Drake claiming a bigger role and building on his success, but as it stands, that’s likely not in the cards.

The Buffalo run defense remains an up-and-down unit, strong one week but easily beaten the next. They’ve shut down the likes of Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller, and Jordan Howard, but been gashed by Aaron Jones, Marlon Mack, and Leonard Fournette. The big problems tend to lie on the second and third levels of the defense. Things remain stout up front with Kyle Williams, Star Lotulelei, and Jordan Phillips forming a great interior rotation. But rookie Tremaine Edmunds remains shaky in the middle, and the secondary is built primarily to defend the downfield pass. Ground touchdowns are plentiful in this matchup as well – they’ve already allowed 15 on the year, seventh-most in football.

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New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

As Mark Ingram rounds back into shape post-suspension, the New Orleans backfield is coming into better focus. It’s essentially back to last season’s structure, with Ingram and Alvin Kamara splitting the ground load evenly during neutral and positive game script. In other words, as long as the Saints keep rolling over opponents, both Kamara and Ingram boast plenty of rushing value. Both are efficient runners – Kamara averages 4.71 yards a carry, Ingram 4.89 – and both have topped 50 yards in each of the Saints’ last 3 games. With such great simultaneous volume and efficiency, and with all of the touchdown opportunity afforded this pair (a combined 15 on the year), both are weekly RB1s without even considering receptions. It helps that they run behind one of the league’s better run-blocking lines. Center Max Unger and the right side, in particular, make for an exceptionally strong wall to move behind.

Even with top linebacker Sean Lee on the shelf, the Dallas run defense remains one of 2018’s stronger units. Opposing lead backs average a mediocre 3.89 yards per rush against this group, and only 2 have been able to reach 65 yards. There’s been a bit of a backslide of late, with that average at 4.38 over the past 5 weeks. But in all, this is a tenacious group inside, one that struggles a bit with quick backs but tends to control the power game. Much of the credit goes to the tackle rotation, which is banged up at the moment but relatively deep and good and tying up inside blocking. But enough can’t be said about the play of rookie Leighton Vander Esch, who has stepped in for Lee (95% of snaps over the last 3 weeks) and chased Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Vander Esch is fast, fluid, and has a nose for the ball, and he routinely makes big plays in pursuit.

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Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Seahawks tried to lean hard on their ground game again in last week’s game, but they found little success with the team averaging just 2.7 rushing yards per attempt for 75 rushing yards. Chris Carson continues to win the battle for snaps and touches in this backfield as he is the featured running back with Mike Davis working in on third downs and Rashaad Penny involved only to spell Carson. While Carson has battled injuries this season, he is getting spectacular volume when healthy, averaging over 20 rushing attempts per game in this six healthy games since Week 3. Combine this volume with a touchdown in three of his last four games along with a very solid offensive line, and Carson remains a reliable option at the position. Russell Wilson also remains a threat on the ground despite his inconsistent numbers with just 21 rushing yards in the past two weeks after back to back outings with 41 and 92 rushing yards in Weeks 9 and 10.

The 49ers continue to play very well against the run despite their injury woes on defense. They caught a nice break last week with safety Jaquiski Tartt, their top run-defending defensive back, returning to the lineup. On the other hand, the 49ers will now lose a critical piece of their defense as they released young linebacker Reuben Foster, which should lead to an increase in playing time for second-year linebacker Elijah Lee. Foster had plenty of issues both on and off the field and was battling injuries throughout this season, which ultimately helped lead to his dismissal. The 49ers have what is shaping up to be an elite young talent remaining in this group though, as Fred Warner has shown to be one of the best middle linebackers in football over the past few weeks. While the loss of Foster is tough, if Warner can keep up this level of play along with sustained production from this talented interior defensive line, the 49ers should continue to be a challenging unit to face off against--even for an equally talented Seahawks offensive line.

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Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Falcons’ hopes for a consistent ground attack went out the window when Devonta Freeman landed on injured reserve. Tevin Coleman remains an impact runner; he’s one of the league’s speediest backs and always a chunk-play threat. But he’s simply not cut out for bell cow work. Lacking in power and elusiveness, Coleman doesn’t bring the versatile presence to the table that Freeman typically does. He’s seen his volume dwindle consistently for weeks and now cedes a decent amount of work to rookie Ito Smith. Smith has topped 25 ground yards just once over the past 7 games, averaging an anemic 2.76 per carry along the way. Neither boasts much of an outlook behind the Falcons’ disappointing line, which is missing both starting guards and remains relatively weak on the outside. This unit can count on the occasional big run, but not much down-by-down consistency to fill in the gaps.

Baltimore’s run defense remains a downright dominant unit that fantasy owners don’t like to test. The Ravens have allowed only 2 runners (Joe Mixon and James Conner) to top 65 ground yards in a game, and backs in general have produced just 3.50 per attempt, third-best in football. Along the way they’ve shut down the likes of LeSean McCoy (7 carries for 22 yards), Christian McCaffrey (14 for 45), and the Saints’ dynamic duo (29 for 96). They’ve also gotten sweet revenge on Mixon (12 for 14 in the Week 11 rematch) and stifled Conner (9 for 19) in their first matchup with the Steelers. With top lineman Brandon Williams still an underrated dominator at the point of attack and C.J. Mosley one of the NFL’s most dependable tacklers, it’s never easy to project much production in this matchup.

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Cleveland Browns Rushing Offense at Houston Texans Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Nick Chubb has provided a nice spark to the Browns rushing attack since the Carlos Hyde trade. While Hyde is a fine player, he is not one that is going to be a long run threat which is something that we have seen from Chubb this season. Volume is something that has been consistent with Chubb since the Hyde trade as he has seen 18 carries or more in each of his last five games and since former Running Back Coach Freddie Kitchens has taken over as the Offensive Coordinator, Chubb has averaged 23.3 carries per game.

The Texans run defense is rounding into one of the best in the NFL. This is a unit that has only allowed one running back to rush for over 75 yards this season and is made up of one of the best front sevens in football led by J.J. Watt on the defensive line and Benardrick McKinney at the linebacker position. On the season it is a near perfect unit that has been a major reason why the Texans have won eight games in a row heading into the contest against the Browns. This is a unit that will likely cause the Browns to struggle this week.

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Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Colts run game, left for dead by most early in the year, has shown real signs of life over the past two months. After averaging just 74 ground yards over their first 5 games, they’ve been at 145 since, consistently creating chunk runs and grinding out late-game leads. Marlon Mack has enjoyed a breakout in the lead role, averaging 5.27 yards per carry since returning from injury in Week 6. Perhaps most importantly, the offensive line has taken a big step forward, with rookie guard Quenton Nelson already playing at an All-Pro level. Of course, if Mack and/or center Ryan Kelly is forced to sit Sunday, this outlook will cloud considerably. Mack suffered a concussion in Week 12 and may not gain clearance, which would leave rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines as the running game’s backbone. Wilkins has broken off a handful of big gains as the change-of-pace runner, and Hines is a dynamic open-field weapon, but this would likely present a noticeable downgrade. Kelly is battling a knee sprain and looks iffy for Sunday; he’s a fine run blocker, and even with Nelson excelling on the interior, his absence is felt. The Colts passing game is dominating at the moment, leaving less responsibility on the run game, but they definitely need some degree of balance. That will be a much tougher ask if two of their run-game lynchpins are forced to sit.

Jacksonville’s run defense struggled to open the year, facing a number of elite runners and consistently giving up chunk runs. But it’s settled down majorly of late and again looks like a fairly prohibitive fantasy matchup. They’ve held each of the last 3 lead backs they’ve faced under 50 yards, allowing them just 2.63 yards per carry along the way. The front line is dominant, with Calais Campbell and Malik Jackson heading a group capable of controlling the line of scrimmage in any matchup. And behind them, middle linebacker Myles Jack is developing into one of football’s most dependable tacklers. There have been lapses, but this is a swarming unit that usually makes opposing runners claw for everything they get.

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New England Patriots Rushing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Fresh off the bye, Sony Michel saw a heavy workload last week as he ran wild for 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. This Patriots rushing offense was firing on all cylinders as they combined for 215 rushing yards on 36 attempts against the Jets. This game marked the third time Michel has been used on more than 20 rushing attempts while crossing the 100-yard threshold. James White also found plenty of room last week as he rushed for a season-high 73 yards on nine attempts, while Cordarelle Patterson had a much quieter game but remains minimally involved despite Michel’s return. Both White and Patterson should be expected to take the back seat to Michel after how he has looked in his past two games back in action. What may complicate things in this backfield is the recent activation of Rex Burkhead from injured reserve. He is eligible to play this week and may take some playing time away from everyone in this Patriots backfield as he is eased back into this offense.

The Vikings continue to excel against opposing rushers, limiting running backs to just the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game (non-PPR) while they have allowed only six rushing touchdowns on the season. A running back has yet to crack the 90-yard mark against the Vikings, and opposing rushers are averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt--tied for third-fewest in the league. They roll out a top-notch defensive line with interior linemen Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson proving to be a dangerous combination for opposing offensive linemen. This unit was effective even in the few weeks without their best linebacker Anthony Barr, but he returned to the field from injury last week and should help solidify Minnesota’s spot as one of the best run defenses in the league.

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New York Giants Rushing Offense vs Chicago Bears Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Saquon Barkley continues to dazzle each and every week. If there is a negative about Barkley it is that he still relies on the long run too much as he is consistently trying to find a hole in order to break the long one which has often left him with far too many negative rushes, but that is easily offset when looking at total yardage when he breaks a run over 20 yards as he has done in 7 of the team’s 11 games this season. The offensive line issues remain for the Giants but are a much better run blocking unit than a pass blocking unit and if they can get enough push against the Bears front 7, Barkley can once again have a chance to have a big day.

The Bears rushing defense had one of those games that makes you scratch your head last week as they allowed 88 yards and two touchdowns to LeGarrette Blount after being nearly perfect for the entire season. This was a unit that had allowed just two running backs to run over 51 yards on the season and both were in the 105 degree Miami heat in the same game. A large portion of the struggle last week could be attributed to the short turnaround in game times as it was the shortest in NFL history playing on Sunday Night and then having to play again at 12:30 PM on Thanksgiving Day. This remains a unit that is a dominant one led by Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, and Khalil Mack which should make the Giants porous offensive line in for a long day this week.

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