We are going to take a look into the best running back duo the NFL today. We all know, that to have one great RB is a great thing, to have two backs, on your team – is quite another. And quite something to cherish – if your team is fortunate enough to have this situation.
Lets get looking into the ground guys – the ones that keep opposing Dlines and LBS to toss and turn, to make them lose sleep at night. It is very rare to find a dangerous combo punch in the backfield, especially with the evolving passing game we are watching now in the NFL. And even more rare – where one RB compliments the others style – a guy who can build momentum off his counterpart. With both players still making an impact.
Jordan Howard / Tarik Cohen
Stats don’t always tell the full story – but they also don’t lie. In just over their time together, the modern-day tag-team battlefield of Howard and Cohen have run for over 1100 rushing yards between the 2 of them in 11 games this season. As teammates with the Bears, both Howard and Cohen are a strong threat to find pay dirt each and every game. Howard has put up 5 TDs on the ground, and Cohen has added another 3 total TDs to their tally. Having weapons like these two is nothing short of great to have. I know it may be a very early in their careers – but they absolutely belong on the list. With a head first RB, in Howard, who had run for 1300 YDs as soon as just last year, as a rookie – and adding another guy in Cohen, who will be a constant threat for 700 total YDs /year on the average for his career, these RBs are going to be a handful to handle each and every week.
Devonta Freeman / Tevin Coleman
Freeman and Coleman are seriously putting the Falcons football team on the NFL running radar. Before them, Atlanta hasn’t had a star RB to put teams on their shoulders since Michael Turner was destroying defenses back in 2011. NFL running back duos are historically linked solidly in the history of some of the great teams in football – and Freeman and Coleman are rooting themselves in those stories. They have been in the backfield for 2 seasons together with Atlanta – and have to be considered one of the most lethal and dangerous tandems in their Conference and of the NFL. Atlanta has made the playoffs, and gotten to the Super Bowl last year with these guys being paired up thus far, and the future will stay burning bright. Falcons fans have to be thrilled to be watching the power and speed that tear teams down with their devastating duo brings.
New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram/ Alvin Kamara
There is a very interesting and very talented duo in New Orleans. Over this season – Ingram and Kamara have tallied for over 2100 total yards and 17 TDs between them. As Ingram will likely make a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2017 – he has led the Saints in carries, 1st downs, and rushing TDs. Kamara has been putting up close to 100 total YDs/game in 2017, and Ingram has a team leading 39 rushing 1st downs, on 166 carries. New Orleans has made some magnificent changes in their offensive scheme – paired up with Brees and his legendary ability – it makes these 2 backs more than enough for opposing LBs and DBs try and handle, which is why they are putting their team in 4th in rushing in the NFL this season.
When the dust settles, New Orleans has the pair to be easily considered the most dangerous combination in the league, and the Saints have more than proven that with Ingram and Kamara – the Saints are that much better of a team with them on it.
So with all RBs – there are a multitude of different style running games in the NFL, and many different players that have scorched and plundered the fields with their attacking running style, blasting through lines and having a knack for scoring TDs. These two also both can catch the ball with soft hands, and eye coordination, making plays in the open field – as well with their combined 760 receiving yards – and 35 receiving first downs over the season.
When it comes to running game dominance, on the field, no team looks across the Oline of the Saints – and are happy to see either one of their talented backs, lined up behind their future HoF QB, with their hands on their knees, ready to make a big yardage play.
They even have a ton more potential.
Ingram has never looked better from a physical standpoint during this season. He already has rushed for more TDs than he has had in 2015 or 2016. Looking at his potential second straight 1000+ YD rushing season in 2017. Kamara also seemed to have added a nasty cut to his already wicked arsenal that is extremely tough to handle. With 5 games so far of 100+ total yards in 11 games – he is equally ready to wreck ankles of defenders. At 5-10, 220lbs he can avoid hits, and deliver them as well.
I love what Ingram and Kamara bring to the Saints and love the way they both run so hard. Ingram has such great power, and we have seen what Kamara can do when he gets his chances – he will continue to get the touches that he deserves, as his 12/touches per game has been enjoyed for the Saints.
This duo can potentially burn the gridiron and net the Saints 3000 yards between the 2 of them – which would be sheer dominance.