Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 12

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 12


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Denver vs New Orleans

The Denver backfield remains a full-blown committee as Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon III are sharing a near-equal workload on the ground. Both rushed for over 80 yards last week as Lindsay saw 16 carries to Gordon’s 15. It was Gordon who scored both touchdowns, however, now totaling six rushing touchdowns to only one from Lindsay on the season. Gordon has struggled with ball security this season, fumbling four times including once near the goal line last week. Ekeler has looked like the better back for most of the season, when healthy, but expect for this timeshare to continue based on all indications from this Broncos coaching staff.

The Saints continue to be one of the league-leaders in rushing defense, giving up only 74.3 rushing yards per game and a league-low five rushing touchdowns. This defense has kept opposing running backs out of the end zone for six straight games, allowing only two running backs to exceed 33 rushing yards since Week 4. Their stacked front seven remains a key reason for this sustained success. David Onyemata has been nothing short of spectacular on the interior while both Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport remain top-notch edge defenders. The Broncos offensive line is a bottom-tier unit that is entirely outmatched in this one. Adding to the advantage for New Orleans, safety Marcus Williams has been one of the top run-defenders at his position and a big reason why this defense has kept big plays on the ground to a minimum with only four runs of over 20 yards allowed.

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