Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 9

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 9


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The Saints continue to boast one of football’s most efficient ground games, and it’s not hard to see why. The electric Alvin Kamara (5.0 yards per rush) leads the charge behind a powerful front line, which consistently ranks top-5 in Matt Bitonti’s rankings. When let into space, Kamara is as dangerous as any back in recent memory. Here in 2020, only three running backs have registered breakaway runs (15+ yards). Latavius Murray doesn’t offer much sizzle, but he’s valuable to the Saints as a steady banger inside the tackles. Kamara is the dominant hand here, and it tends to take a truly stout front seven to knock him off-balance and slow his efficiency. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he’ll face in a hellish Week 9 road battle.

The Buccaneers remain an absolute brick wall on run defense, stifling any and all comers. Their run of sheer dominance dates back to last season: over this 23-game span, running backs are posting just 2.9 yards per rush, and only a single one (Chris Carson 11 months ago) has topped 75 on the day. It’s been a remarkable stretch, and it’s taken on a new dimension over the team’s last two outings. This unit comes fresh off erasing Aaron Jones (10 carries, 15 yards) and Josh Jacobs (10 for 17) even with backbone tackle Vita Vea shelved by a broken leg. They’ve shrewdly added veteran run-stuffing nose Steve McLendon and have yet to miss a beat. With McLendon absorbing blocks in the middle, athletic linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White are free to flow to the gap and make quick stops at the line. It’s a familiar and unwelcome task for Kamara: he turned 12 carries into just 16 yards when these teams met on Opening Day.

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