Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups Week 13

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 13


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Atlanta vs New Orleans

The Falcons are occasionally able to grind out a successful run game, though it’s not always predictable and rarely very efficient. And to make matters worse, this week’s personnel may not even be clear until Sunday morning. Todd Gurley looks like an iffy proposition to suit up after mercifully sitting out last week. Still plagued by knee woes and an evaporating skillset, Gurley had produced just 2.7 yards per rush over his last 5 healthy games. The Falcons can draw the same (and arguably better) production from change-of-pace guys Brian Hill and Ito Smith, who combined for 120 yards over 20 carries last week. Of the two, Smith looked like the more impressive running back with most of his work coming in the second half of last week.

The Saints remain among the NFL’s gold standard of run defenses. You’d have to go back to 2018 to find the last regular-season runner over 90 yards in this suffocating matchup. That stretch includes a Week 11 date with these very Falcons, who managed just 52 as a team that day. This unit boasts a dominant front led by David Onyemata, who’s putting up an All Pro-caliber season on the interior. He and nose tackle Malcom Brown head up a front seven that’s both stout and nimble against the run. New addition Kwon Alexander is a questionable fit at linebacker, but the team won’t complain as long as Demario Davis is playing on such an elite level next to him. Overall, it’s hard to find exploitable spots anywhere here, and it’s never wise to chase fantasy production against this group.

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