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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2014

Mar 24, 2014, 4:43 AM EST

McCoy-vs.-Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 24, 14 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

Nickel coverage

Last month we looked at the top five passers the Redskins will face in 2014. Today let’s take a look at the five leading rushers they will face, based on 2013 total rushing yards.

1. LeSean McCoy, Eagles (1607 rushing yards in 2013)—Yeah, they’ll have to deal with him twice again this year. Last year’s opener was particularly ugly as he ran around and, especially, through Redskins defenders (14 missed tackles by Washington, many against McCoy) for 184 yards on the ground. That game set the tone for the season for both teams.

2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (1,266)—He rushed for almost 800 fewer yards in 2013 than he did the year before but he was still fifth in the NFL in rushing. AD didn’t exactly tear the Redskins up in their Week 10 meeting last year as he rushed for 75 yards. But he scored two touchdowns and powered for some key first downs that helped the Vikings put the game away in the fourth quarter.

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (1,257)—He’s ‘bout that action. We tend to think of him as a power runner but he tore off touchdown runs of 15, 31, and 40 yards during the playoffs last year.

4. Frank Gore, 49ers (1,128)—Gore is going to be 31 in May and he seems to be getting stronger with age. He hasn’t missed a game in the last three years and has averaged about 1,185 yards per season.

5. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (1,121)—With Murray, it’s always been “if he could only stay healthy”. Last year he missed only two games and left the first game against the Redskins early with an injury. He still managed to finish 10th in the league in rushing. Imagine how well he could do if Romo, Garrett, and company would actually call running plays when they should.

So the Redskins will play seven games against top 10 running backs. Oh, and Chris Johnson of the Titans was 11th so if he is still with Tennessee that will half of their schedule against

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Timeline

—It’s been 85 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 167 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 14; NFL Draft 45; Training camp starts 121

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  1. internetcareer - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Lesean McCoy has had trouble staying healthy both in college and in the Pros. He got through last season but if he goes down again…the Eagles season is over.

    Gore and Peterson are slowing down and getting worn down. Too many carries will eventually do that to a running back. Look how Clinton Portis hit that same wall. Those guys are finished after this season. Lynch will hit that wall at some point also…could this be that year?? it’s possible.

    • Bryan - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      I know McCoy hurt us last year but I truly believe chip Kelly’s offense will not be as good this year. I think a full season and offseason of studying it teams will figure it out like the zone read. However I still belove McCoy is very good. I don’t think AD is gonna slow down for another few years the guy is a freak . Gore I belove is a food runner but with SF constantly drafting other backs his numbers will go down due to other backs getting more touches. d Murray I liked in college even though I hate the sooners. The dude could easily be in top 5 this year in rushing if they have him the ball. But our boy Alfred is gonna be near the top not only in rush yards but I believe ole gruden is gonna have him catch more balls n I’m gonna say he will be top 5 in all purpose yards.

  2. greed - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    McCoy is the one they need to stop he seems to always play well against the skins

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