Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 10

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 10

Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 10

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San Francisco at New Orleans

The 49ers offense has been decimated by injuries, and it certainly showed last week as they barely managed 10 points in a blowout loss to the Packers. There is a chance Raheem Mostert could return from Injured Reserve this week, in which case he would be expected to resume lead back duties as he had in his four other healthy starts. Tevin Coleman nearly made his return from injury in Week 8, only to suffer another injury and now remain sidelined, questionable coming into this week. Keep an eye on the practice reports, however, as Mostert has not yet re-joined the team and Coleman’s status remains in doubt as of early in the week. If neither are available, expect more of what is a murky situation between JaMycal Hasty and Jerrick McKinnon. After seeing only six carries over his two previous games, McKinnon led this backfield with 12 carries last week while Hasty saw only four rushing attempts. Regardless of who carries the ball, this still projects to be a relatively dysfunctional offense behind an undermanned offensive line and backup quarterback.

The Saints defense already had great numbers against the run leading into last week, but last week’s performance against the Buccaneers vaulted them to second-best in rushing yards allowed per game (80.3) after they gave up a total of just eight rushing yards to a rattled Tampa Bay offense. While last week certainly is a statistical outlier, this defense has all the pieces to shut down an opposing ground game. Their defensive line is best-in-class with two Pro-Bowl caliber defensive ends and a strong group of interior linemen led by impressive play from David Onyemata. At linebacker, both Demario Davis and Malcolm Jenkins continue to make impressive plays against the run, while these Saints safeties—notable Marcus Williams—have further contributed to why this defense has given up only four rushes of 20 or more yards and a league-low five rushing touchdowns. The 49ers offensive line, missing star left tackle Trent Williams (COVID), will be in trouble trying to make space for whoever leads their backfield this week.

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