The numbers to finally end the Benny argument.

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    The numbers to finally end the Benny argument.

     

    By Ken Crippen

    Executive Director Pro Football Researchers Association (@kencrippen)

    It has been another exciting regular season in the NFL and the playoffs are starting. It is time to look back at the Rusher Rating numbers for the regular season.

    As expected, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson took the crown with his 2,097-yard performance this season and a 111.99 Rusher Rating. His team just squeaked into the playoffs as he was just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards, set in 1984.

    New England captured the Triple Crown of team Rusher Rating: No. 1 in Offensive Rusher Rating, Defensive Rusher Rating and Rusher Rating Differential.

    Houston’s Arian Foster was a close second with 108.47. Rookie running backs Alfred Morris (Washington) and Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) had impressive seasons with Rusher Ratings of 107.56 and 106.56 respectively. Both were in the top five.

    Seven of the top ten backs are playing in the post-season (Peterson, Foster, Morris, Stevan Ridley, Ray Rice, Michael Turner and Marshawn Lynch).

    Individual Rusher Rating

    Here are the top ten rushers, based on Rusher Rating, for the 2012 regular season (minimum of 200 attempts):

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    Adrian Peterson – MIN

    348

    2,097

    6.03

    12

    3

    111.99

    Arian Foster – HOU

    351

    1,424

    4.06

    15

    3

    108.47

    Alfred Morris – WAS

    335

    1,613

    4.81

    13

    4

    107.56

    C.J. Spiller – BUF

    207

    1,244

    6.01

    6

    2

    106.58

    Doug Martin – TB

    319

    1,454

    4.56

    11

    1

    106.56

    Stevan Ridley – NE

    290

    1,263

    4.36

    12

    4

    106.41

    Ray Rice – BAL

    257

    1,143

    4.45

    9

    1

    106.06

    Michael Turner – ATL

    222

    800

    3.60

    10

    3

    105.63

    Marshawn Lynch – SEA

    315

    1,590

    5.05

    11

    4

    105.06

    Mikel Lashoure – DET

    215

    798

    3.71

    9

    3

    103.22

     

    Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson had high expectations heading into the season. He finished in eleventh place with a very respectable Rusher Rating of 103.10.

    Here are a few other backs of note, including others on playoff teams (minimum of 200 attempts):

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    Trent Richardson – CLE

    267

    950

    3.56

    11

    3

    103.10

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis – CIN

    278

    1,094

    3.94

    6

    3

    88.16

    Frank Gore – SF

    258

    1,214

    4.71

    8

    2

    102.11

    Vick Ballard – IND

    211

    814

    3.86

    2

    3

    75.47

     

    Just for fun, I thought I would look at the rookie quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III was thought of as the mobile quarterback, while Andrew Luck was the pocket passer. However, Andrew Luck took the rookie Rusher Rating title with a score of 120.42.

    RGIII was third among the rookies. However, to be fair, Griffin had twice the number of attempts as Luck. The statue-esque Brandon Weeden finished in fifth place with a lowly 39.94 Rusher Rating.

     

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    Andrew Luck – IND

    62

    255

    4.11

    5

    1

    120.42

    Russell Wilson – SEA

    94

    489

    5.20

    4

    2

    108.51

    Robert Griffin III – WAS

    120

    815

    6.79

    7

    9

    105.41

    Colin Kaepernick – SF

    63

    415

    6.59

    5

    7

    88.92

    Brandon Weeden – CLE

    27

    111

    4.11

    0

    2

    39.94

     

    For reference, here are the numbers for a couple of quarterbacks who are traditionally known for their rushing abilities:

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    Cam Newton – CAR

    127

    741

    5.83

    8

    4

    122.52

    Michael Vick – PHI

    62

    332

    5.35

    1

    7

    43.54

     

    Team Rusher Rating

    Finally, let’s look at team Rusher Rating numbers. The New England Patriots are not typically known for their rushing attack, but they took the Triple Crown in team Rusher Rating: Offensive, Defensive, and Differential.

    It is not surprising that they are one of the top teams this year, when you combine the rushing game with the lethal arm of Tom Brady.

    Seven of the top ten teams in Rusher Rating Differential are in the playoffs, with Denver coming in at number eleven.

    2012 OFFENSIVE RUSHER RATING

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    New England Patriots

    523

    2,184

    4.18

    25

    6

    112.17

    New York Giants

    409

    1,862

    4.55

    18

    6

    109.38

    Carolina Panthers

    462

    2,088

    4.52

    21

    8

    109.20

    Washington Redskins

    519

    2,709

    5.22

    22

    13

    106.66

    Baltimore Ravens

    444

    1,901

    4.28

    17

    4

    105.57

    Detroit Lions

    391

    1,613

    4.13

    17

    7

    105.02

    Houston Texans

    508

    2,123

    4.18

    19

    5

    103.84

    Minnesota Vikings

    486

    2,634

    5.42

    16

    9

    102.57

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    416

    1,837

    6.00

    13

    3

    100.99

    San Francisco 49ers

    492

    2,491

    5.06

    17

    11

    100.21

    New Orleans Saints

    370

    1,577

    4.26

    10

    0

    99.89

    Seattle Seahawks

    536

    2,579

    4.81

    16

    7

    99.14

    Buffalo Bills

    442

    2,217

    5.02

    12

    7

    96.56

    Atlanta Falcons

    378

    1,397

    3.70

    12

    4

    95.87

    Cincinnati Bengals

    430

    1,745

    4.06

    11

    4

    93.05

    Tennessee Titans

    378

    1,687

    4.46

    10

    6

    92.90

    Chicago Bears

    470

    1,970

    4.19

    11

    4

    92.25

    Cleveland Browns

    396

    1,593

    4.02

    12

    8

    91.80

    Miami Dolphins

    440

    1,802

    4.10

    15

    13

    91.06

    Indianapolis Colts

    440

    1,671

    3.80

    11

    5

    90.13

    Arizona Cardinals

    352

    1,204

    3.42

    10

    6

    88.34

    Green Bay Packers

    433

    1,702

    3.93

    9

    4

    88.18

    Denver Broncos

    481

    1,832

    3.81

    12

    8

    87.63

    New York Jets

    494

    1,896

    3.84

    12

    9

    86.46

    Kansas City Chiefs

    500

    2,395

    4.79

    9

    11

    84.35

    Dallas Cowboys

    355

    1,265

    3.56

    8

    6

    84.04

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    412

    1,537

    3.73

    8

    8

    81.01

    St. Louis Rams

    410

    1,714

    4.18

    5

    5

    80.59

    Philadelphia Eagles

    413

    1,874

    4.54

    10

    18

    78.11

    Oakland Raiders

    376

    1,420

    3.78

    4

    4

    77.76

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    358

    1,369

    3.82

    5

    8

    75.34

    San Diego Chargers

    411

    1,461

    3.55

    4

    5

    75.01

     

     2012 DEFENSIVE RUSHER RATING

    Player

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    New England Patriots

    415

    1,630

    3.93

    10

    19

    73.61

    Houston Texans

    390

    1,560

    4.00

    5

    10

    73.73

    Chicago Bears

    388

    1,627

    4.19

    6

    12

    74.58

    Denver Broncos

    404

    1,458

    3.61

    5

    6

    76.35

    San Francisco 49ers

    407

    1,507

    3.70

    7

    5

    82.32

    San Diego Chargers

    406

    1,542

    3.80

    10

    9

    84.65

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    391

    1,450

    3.71

    9

    6

    86.00

    Seattle Seahawks

    368

    1,649

    4.48

    8

    8

    86.06

    Minnesota Vikings

    427

    1,692

    3.96

    10

    8

    86.13

    New York Giants

    449

    2,066

    4.60

    9

    8

    87.11

    Philadelphia Eagles

    479

    2,021

    4.22

    11

    7

    89.10

    Kansas City Chiefs

    482

    2,171

    4.50

    11

    7

    90.59

    Baltimore Ravens

    492

    1,965

    3.99

    15

    11

    90.77

    Carolina Panthers

    416

    1,761

    4.23

    11

    7

    91.18

    Miami Dolphins

    431

    1,734

    4.02

    10

    3

    91.89

    Arizona Cardinals

    506

    2,192

    4.33

    12

    5

    92.64

    Cincinnati Bengals

    423

    1,715

    4.05

    13

    8

    92.96

    Cleveland Browns

    457

    1,898

    4.15

    14

    9

    93.05

    Washington Redskins

    363

    1,532

    4.22

    11

    7

    93.32

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    377

    1,320

    3.50

    13

    3

    98.46

    Tennessee Titans

    483

    2,035

    4.21

    16

    6

    99.04

    Green Bay Packers

    418

    1,896

    4.54

    12

    3

    99.44

    New York Jets

    495

    2,138

    4.32

    17

    7

    99.87

    Detroit Lions

    420

    1,889

    4.50

    13

    4

    100.08

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    545

    2,256

    4.14

    19

    4

    102.59

    Atlanta Falcons

    411

    1,971

    4.80

    16

    8

    103.96

    Indianapolis Colts

    428

    2,200

    5.14

    14

    4

    105.23

    Dallas Cowboys

    441

    2,003

    4.54

    17

    4

    107.20

    St. Louis Rams

    442

    1,880

    4.25

    18

    4

    107.54

    Oakland Raiders

    444

    1,897

    4.27

    18

    3

    108.58

    New Orleans Saints

    457

    2,361

    5.17

    18

    6

    109.43

    Buffalo Bills

    470

    2,333

    4.96

    23

    11

    111.79

     

    For the record, the average rushing numbers were as follows:

     

    Attempts

    Yards

    Yards per Attempt

    TD

    Fumbles

    Rusher Rating

    Average

    435

    1,854

    4.26

    12.5

    6.9

    93.82

     

     2012 RUSHER RATING DIFFERENTIAL

    Team

    Rushing Attempts

    Offensive Rusher Rating

    Defensive Rushing Attempts

    Defensive Rusher Rating

    Rusher Rating Differential

    New England Patriots

    523

    112.17

    415

    73.61

    38.51

    Houston Texans

    508

    103.84

    390

    73.73

    30.11

    New York Giants

    409

    109.38

    449

    87.11

    22.27

    Carolina Panthers

    462

    109.20

    416

    91.18

    18.02

    San Francisco 49ers

    492

    100.21

    407

    82.32

    17.89

    Chicago Bears

    470

    92.25

    388

    74.58

    17.67

    Minnesota Vikings

    486

    102.57

    427

    86.13

    16.44

    Baltimore Ravens

    444

    105.57

    492

    90.77

    14.80

    Washington Redskins

    519

    106.66

    363

    93.32

    13.34

    Seattle Seahawks

    536

    99.14

    368

    86.06

    13.08

    Denver Broncos

    481

    87.63

    404

    76.35

    11.28

    Detroit Lions

    391

    105.02

    420

    100.08

    4.94

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    416

    100.99

    377

    98.46

    2.53

    Cincinnati Bengals

    430

    93.05

    423

    92.96

    0.09

    Miami Dolphins

    440

    91.06

    431

    91.89

    -0.83

    Cleveland Browns

    396

    91.80

    457

    93.05

    -1.25

    Arizona Cardinals

    352

    88.34

    506

    92.64

    -4.30

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    412

    81.01

    391

    86.00

    -4.99

    Tennessee Titans

    378

    92.90

    483

    99.04

    -6.14

    Kansas City Chiefs

    500

    84.35

    482

    90.59

    -6.24

    Atlanta Falcons

    378

    95.87

    411

    103.96

    -8.09

    New Orleans Saints

    370

    99.89

    457

    109.43

    -9.54

    San Diego Chargers

    411

    75.01

    406

    84.65

    -9.64

    Philadelphia Eagles

    413

    78.11

    479

    89.10

    -10.99

    Green Bay Packers

    433

    88.18

    418

    99.44

    -11.26

    New York Jets

    494

    86.46

    495

    99.87

    -13.41

    Indianapolis Colts

    440

    90.13

    428

    105.23

    -15.10

    Buffalo Bills

    442

    96.56

    470

    111.79

    -15.23

    Dallas Cowboys

    355

    84.04

    441

    107.20

    -23.16

    St. Louis Rams

    410

    80.59

    442

    107.54

    -26.95

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    358

    75.34

    545

    102.59

    -27.25

    Oakland Raiders

    376

    77.76

    444

    108.58

    -30.82

     

     

    How Rusher Rating is Calculated

    Here is how each component is calculated:

     

     
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    Re: The numbers to finally end the Benny argument.

    I like Benny, but he's not very good and he shouldn't have started the Superbowl over Ridley. 

     
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    Re: The numbers to finally end the Benny argument.

    Does anything ever end here? To admit Benny was anything but average goes against the idea the Pats should have used him like AP becuase once Brady throws more than 35 times he has 400% chance of losing and a 900% of throwing interceptions.

     
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    Re: The numbers to finally end the Benny argument.

    rkarp, unless you can get Belichick to actually go to a few of the Benny ball washers homes and tell them the guy isn't very good, they won't believe you. And truthfully even that might not be enough.

     

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