Top Rushing Matchups Week 8

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 8

Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 8

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Tennessee at Cincinnati

Tennessee boasts what has been one of the most high-powered offenses in football, scoring at least 27 points in five straight games while averaging 31.3 points per game (4th-most). The league’s rushing leader, Derrick Henry, continues to be a focal point of this offense. Averaging just under 24 carries per game, Henry remains the unchallenged workhorse of this Titans backfield. He has scored in four straight games with seven rushing touchdowns over that span. The offensive line was challenged with the loss of left tackle Taylor Lewan in Week 6, but his replacement Ty Sambrailo played better than expected in his first start last week against one of the top defensive lines in football. If Sambrailo can sustain at least an average level of play, this offensive line could creep back up to the middle tier in the Footballguys offensive line rankings after falling sharply last week. This week should be a great spot for all aspects of this rushing offense to bounce back with a strong performance on the ground.

The Bengals continue to struggle against the run this season, ranking fifth-worst in total rushing yards allowed per game (133.7) with an opposing running back rushing for at least 75 yards in five of seven games. The Bengals have only faced one running back who exceeded 20 carries, and that did not turn out well for them as Nick Chubb rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 2. This defense is simply not manned to withstand the punishing style and high volume that Derrick Henry will likely present them with this week. While they have had Geno Atkins back on the interior and Margus Hunt returned from injury last week, this defensive line has continued to play poorly. Unproven youth at linebacker combined with sluggish play from their only veteran Josh Bynes will only increase the likelihood that Derrick Henry runs wild on this bottom-tier Bengals defense.

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