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Wolf
12-22-2004, 12:06 AM
who are yours?

keyfro
12-22-2004, 01:22 AM
1. LT
2. priest holmes (when healthy)
3. jammall lewis
4. fred taylor
5. clinton portis
6. alexander
7. ahman green
8. marshall faulk
9. stephen davis (when healthy)
10. dillon
11. curtis martin
12. edge (when healthy)
13. staley/bettis (combined)
14. deuce
15. tikki barber

Ihategeeks
12-22-2004, 01:54 AM
Jamal Lewis
LT
Fred Taylor
Ahman Green
Shaun Alexander
Edge James
Curtis Martin
McAlister
Priest Holmes
Brian Westbook
Clinton Portis
Kevin Jones - 711 yards SINCE week 9 4.8 average tied for second best Pro Bowl Alternate his Rookie year
Corey Dillon
Rudi Johnson
Warrick Dunn

Honorable Mention, Michael Vick

:coolb:

HJam72
12-22-2004, 07:58 AM
1. Michael Vick
2. David Carr to his right (horizontally)
3. anybody who just intercepted the ball
4. Dominick Davis against constant zone pass coverage
5. Jonathon Wells when Davis has been fumbling
6. Chris Brown when the ball is superglued to him
7. Donovan McNabb
8. Andre Johnson (he's good at everything)
9. LT
10. Edge James

The best, though, is any back on Madden when you have the run blocking adjusted way up and you follow your blocking back with the speed button on.

Blake
12-22-2004, 08:34 AM
Are we talking about best running backs this year, or just the best running backs?

This list is just best runningbacks. All when healthy.

1. Priest Holmes
2. Jamaal Lewis
3. Ladanian Tomlinson
4. Ahman Green
5. Clinton Portis
6. Corey Dillon
7. Edgerin James
8. Deuce Mcallister
9. Shaun Alexander
10. Stephen Davis
11. Curtis Martin
12. Tiki Barber
13. Fred Taylor
14. Domanick Davis
15. Rudi Johnson

Youngstown Colt
12-22-2004, 01:08 PM
I love how the NFL rushing leader, and the all purpose yards leader (edge) is 5th or 6th (or 12th) on most of your lists

kevinjagsfan
12-22-2004, 03:23 PM
I love how the NFL rushing leader, and the all purpose yards leader (edge) is 5th or 6th (or 12th) on most of your lists

edge is only sweet because of the threat Peyton manning brings to the line. you play the run, you get burned on the pass. you play the pass, you get burned on the run. take peyton manning away, and edge is just another 4 ypc guy

texan279
12-22-2004, 03:59 PM
I love how the NFL rushing leader, and the all purpose yards leader (edge) is 5th or 6th (or 12th) on most of your lists

Just because you are #1 in stats does not mean neccessarily mean you are the best player at that position. A lot of RB's have missed several games this season due to injury and other reasons. You also forget the clots have one of the better O lines in the NFL. Look at the stats that the Chiefs and Broncos RB's put up this season. Are they all top 15 RB's in the NFL?

STEEL BLUE TEXANS
12-22-2004, 04:14 PM
1. LaDanian Tomlinson
2. Jamal Lewis
3. Priest Holmes
4. Corey Dillon
5. Shaun Alexander
6. Clinton Portis
7. Curtis Martin
8. Edgerin James
9. Ahman Green
10. Duece McAllister
11. Fred Taylor
12. Stephen Davis
13. Tiki Barber
14. Rudi Johnson
15. Deshaun Foster

HowBoutThemCowboys!
12-22-2004, 04:18 PM
Man, none of you guys have Julius in your top 15. Whats up with that?

Blake
12-22-2004, 04:21 PM
I love how the NFL rushing leader, and the all purpose yards leader (edge) is 5th or 6th (or 12th) on most of your lists

Well why dont you cry about it?

First off, this is OUR opinion of the top 15 RB's in the league. If you want Edge to be #1 then make your own list. Just be glad you have a top 10 runningback.

Blake
12-22-2004, 04:24 PM
Man, none of you guys have Julius in your top 15. Whats up with that?

Well he is a rookie, and hasnt even played a full season. He does have a bright future with the cowboys, and im sure he will be on these list with a few more years of good solid play, which I expect from him.

HowBoutThemCowboys!
12-22-2004, 04:25 PM
Well he is a rookie, and hasnt even played a full season. He does have a bright future with the cowboys, and im sure he will be on these list with a few more years of good solid play, which I expect from him.

Totally agree.

Huge
12-22-2004, 04:26 PM
I was wondering the same after seeing this:
Kevin Jones - 711 yards SINCE week 9 4.8 average tied for second best Pro Bowl Alternate his Rookie year

Since Week 10

Julius Jones - 597 yards, 6 TDs
Kevin Jones - 530 yards, 3 TDs

Not that I think either of the Jones' don't belong in the the top 15 (or maybe both belong out of the top 15). Just thought it odd that Kevin made his list based on that criteria while Julius was left off.

Youngstown Colt
12-22-2004, 04:46 PM
Well why dont you cry about it?

First off, this is OUR opinion of the top 15 RB's in the league. If you want Edge to be #1 then make your own list. Just be glad you have a top 10 runningback.
and top 10 WR, and top 10 QB, and top 10 DE, and top 10 C, and top 10, TE, and top 10 LT.

Hey, I do feel better! No more crying for me

Ihategeeks
12-23-2004, 12:32 AM
I was wondering the same after seeing this:


Since Week 10

Julius Jones - 597 yards, 6 TDs
Kevin Jones - 530 yards, 3 TDs

Not that I think either of the Jones' don't belong in the the top 15 (or maybe both belong out of the top 15). Just thought it odd that Kevin made his list based on that criteria while Julius was left off.

Maybe because it's 630 yards , not 530 :rofl:

The only stat JJ is doing better in is TD"s

Kevin Jones is also tied for 2nd in the league behind Shaun Alexander with for runs +20

2nd in the league among starting runningbacks in Yards Per Carry.

Then i take into account, that as KJ has exploded in the NFL, he has been running against stacked defense because no team respects Joey Harrington who can't even throw on 8 in the box. Say what you will about the dallas passing game. They will throw the ball, and can move the chains doing so. Detroit Can't. We are talking Kyle Boller bad.


But this isn't going to take us anywhere, it's not really even a contest.

If KJ plays the entire year next year, He will have at the least 1400 yards. ( think he is capable of 1600 personally, but I am going to be modest and say 1400.)

I will bet my avatar on that. (and as some of you know, I only bet on sure things ^_-, how is that lions avatar treating you fellas btw?)

JaguarsFan1
12-23-2004, 12:44 AM
1. L.T.
2. Martin
3. Holmes
4. Fred Taylor
5. Edge
6. Dillon
7. Alexander
8. Green
9. Barber
10. Chris Brown
11. Mcallister
12. Staley
13. Faulk,M.
14. Westbrook
15. Mcgahee

CrumplerFan
12-23-2004, 04:33 AM
1.) L.T.
2.) Jamal Lewis
3.) P. Holmes

S. Alexander
D. McAllister
E. James
A. Green
C. Brown
F. Taylor
C. Dillon
T. Barber
C. Portis
C. Martin
D. Davis

Top 15 means quite the whole league?
W. Green has nothing lost in that Top 15, and although i could make a point for Duckett, Dunn or any other RB who is job sharing, it's tough to compare them to that bunch of guys above.

Huge
12-23-2004, 03:59 PM
Maybe because it's 630 yards , not 530 :rofl:

You're right. I missed Week 10. Then I guess that puts Kevin a whopping 33 yards in front of Julius.

The only stat JJ is doing better in is TD"s

And "only" by twice as many.

Then i take into account, that as KJ has exploded in the NFL, he has been running against stacked defense because no team respects Joey Harrington who can't even throw on 8 in the box. Say what you will about the dallas passing game. They will throw the ball, and can move the chains doing so. Detroit Can't. We are talking Kyle Boller bad.

Passer ratings:

Joey Harrington - 77.4
Vinny Testeverde - 74.3

If you average them out over the games they've actually played:

Julius - 24 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD
Kevin - 15 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD every 3 games

But don't worry. Most of us in Texas are pulling for the Lions. Well, those of us who can get past the Harrington/Carr debate. With so many Longhorns playing for Detroit, we can't help but pull for them.

Hervoyel
12-23-2004, 04:49 PM
Most of us in Texas are pulling for the Lions. Well, those of us who can get past the Harrington/Carr debate.


I think we're all past the Harrington/Carr debate. When Ihategeeks is coming in here and saying that Harrington sucks and Carr's the better QB the debate seems over.

I don't really agree with him though. I think Harrington's just going to take a little longer to work out than initially expected.

ColdSteelBlue
12-25-2004, 01:05 AM
1. L.Tomlinson
2. P.Holmes
3. A.Green
4. C. Martin
5. S. Alexander
6. D. Mcalister
7. C. Portis
8. J. Lewis
9. E.James
10. C. Dillon
11.F. Taylor
12. M. Faulk
13. J. Bettis
14. J. Jones
15. R. Johnson

Ihategeeks
12-26-2004, 04:40 PM
125 yards By KJ today , 4.9 a carry 25 carries, 1 TD, 2 runs plus 20 (now alone for 2nd place in this stat) 119 yards per game the last 7 games

KJ needs 130 yard to reach 1200 for the season. ( a shame he wasn't healthy in the first half of the year , he is on a pace right now that would have been for 1900 yards)

Kevin Jones still tied for 2nd place in the NFL yards per carry.

4 100+ yard games, and one for 99

And he is still just a Rookie that didn't get any significant playing time until week 9 he didn't reach 200 attempts until this last game. He is only 81 yards behind Ahman Green and 5th in the NFC for Rushing Yards. He has one of the 5 worst passing games in the NFL.

He has the perfect blend of size speed and moves (he did a double spin in this last game that you make your jaw drop) for a running back, he can block the heck out of defensive lineman.
He is now waiting for his blocks to develop where before he would try to break things outside. His vison has improved 10 fold, as he now makes Priest Holmes like choices on which holes to hit. He also runs with power, he rarely will go down on the first hit, and to arm tackle is an excersize in futility. I have seen him drag 3 guys 10 yards, or push 5 guys 2 yards before forward progress. Move so pretty and power so shocking, it brings tears to my eyes.


Only fault in his game so far is he is below average in the passing game. Only has 2 fumbles so far.


I am not just being a homer when I talk about Jones. This kid has "IT" Not oh he'll have a good NFL career "IT" I mean potential top 3 for 10 years maybe a shot at 2000 yards chasing Smith right now already "IT"

It's hard to compare him to any other RB, he looks like a combination of Fred Taylor and Preist Holmes, with a dash of Edge James.

If he can stay Healthy, he is going to tear this league apart. I haven't been this excited about a lions RB since Barry.

The fact that he made the probowl as an alternate on a terrible team should show you how much respect opposing players and coaches have for him. I doubt most fans even know who he is.

He could walk on water, it wouldn't surprise me. He nearly does it every week.

ledzeppelin229
12-26-2004, 06:25 PM
Nice to have something positive to look at other than Trainwreck Joey every weekend.

Ihategeeks
12-26-2004, 07:17 PM
Nice to have something positive to look at other than Trainwreck Joey every weekend.

Yeah every week it becomes a little more evident what the real problem is

Our WR's EVEN ROY(3 today, each very easy good leads very open in the hands) , can not catch.

6 drops i think, 3 others that hit guys in the hands that weren't counted as drops, most of which were easy balls. 2 that I thought could have gone for TD's, others for 1st downs, or big plays. All of them easy.....

I just can't blame Joey, our guys are dropping more balls than the seahawks now. Last week the WR's played like regular NFL wr's and only dropped a couple balls. This week was more of the same. (WR's includes the drop prone TE's as well)

Lions need Charles Rogers back, he could catch. Our passing game really needs a dependable target..... dependable in the rare moments of health.

Joey despite the stat sheet, only had 5 bad passes.

1 really bad Pick 6 when he pulled a tom brady because the LB was in the backfield before he even got the snap. 1 batted ball, 2 checkdowns that he could have waited longer on that were complete, and 1 ball that got away. The rest were on target. 25 on target passes out of 30, only 15 of which were caught.

ledzeppelin229
12-27-2004, 03:58 AM
I wish they would have gotten stone hands in week 2

I think we're kind of spoiled in Houston when it comes to receivers because it's kind of become expected that our WRs will catch the ball everytime its thrown to them. All our guys have good hands.

Well, except for Bradford now and then.

TheOgre
12-27-2004, 01:17 PM
I think Harrington's production will increase significantly if Jones, Rogers and Williams stay healthy.

H-TownRules
01-01-2005, 05:57 PM
You knows who's consistently looked great to me, and has been rated IMO too low on most these lists... Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks, he always has good if not great games

Ihategeeks
01-06-2005, 01:19 PM
JONES ROOKIE OF MONTH: Lions rookie running back Kevin Jones was named NFL rookie of the month. :BananaWav

JacksonvilleJaguar4
01-07-2005, 06:56 PM
I love how the NFL rushing leader, and the all purpose yards leader (edge) is 5th or 6th (or 12th) on most of your lists and
I love how we don't care! :rofl:

JacksonvilleJaguar4
01-07-2005, 07:08 PM
1)LT
2)Shaun Alexander
3)Curtis my favorite Martin
4)The BUS!! Jerome Bettis
5)Deuce McAllister
6)Fred Taylor
7)Preist Holmes
8)Ahman Green
9)Corey Dillon
10)Tiki Barber
11)Willis McGahee
12)Brian Westbrook
13)Deuce Staley
14)Chris Brown
15)RUDI!!! RUDI!!! Johnson

Supertex
01-08-2005, 09:31 AM
1. LT
2. Priest Holmes
3. Shaun Alexander
4. Curtis Martin
5. Deuce Mcallister
6.Tiki Barber
7. Willis McGahee
8. Fred Taylor
9. A. Green
10. Brian Westbrook
11. Corey Dillon
12. Deuce Staley
13. Julius Jones
14. Jerome Bettis
15.W. Dunn

J_E_T_SJetsJetsJets
01-08-2005, 04:40 PM
This year alone:

1. Martin - more dimensional than Alexander. May not have as many TDs, but has more yards receiving to where he is a major threat out of the backfield. his ball control is better than Alexander's, and he can block if he has to.

2. Barber - on any other team, Tiki would have been the best in the league. even on the giants, he totaled over 2,100 yards combined and was their whole offense. had I not been a jet fan, i may have been tempted to put him over martin. but i am a jet fan.

3. Alexander

4. James

5. Dillon

6. Vick - had it not been for 16 fumbles, vick would have been a lot higher. he didnt get the 1,000 yards mark, but he did have 7 and a half yards per carry! i don't see any running back being close to this. he may not be dimensional in the way of martin or tiki with rushing, receiving, and blocking, but he is dimensional in his own way - this running back can pass, something most backs can't do (see: lamont jordan) he totaled a whopping 2,300 yards passing. although it is below par for quarterbacks, it is an absolutely amazing stat for a running back

7. Tomlinson

8. Davis

9. Green

10. McGahee

Grid
01-08-2005, 04:44 PM
neither Staley or Bettis made your list.. and they probably have the best rushing game in the league right now.