Preseason Rusher Rating: Hightower earned his spot
Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 05, 2011
By Ken Crippen
Washington running back Tim Hightower led all preseason rushers using CHFF’s Rusher Rating System. Hightower, who left the desert of Arizona for the Beltway, had a 6.8 yard per attempt average to propel his Redskins to a 3-1 record in the preseason.
However, it was not the Redskins, but the Philadelphia Eagles who led the exhibition in team Rusher Rating Differential. The Eagles and their league-leading 36.96 Rusher Differential also had a 3-1 preseason. The Baltimore Ravens (34.60 Rusher Differential) were a close second, propelled by the fourth ranked rusher Ray Rice. His 4.92 yards per carry and two touchdowns gave him a rating of 132.55 and his team a 3-1 record.
Here are the top 25 rushers of the preseason with a minimum of 20 attempts, based on Rusher Rating:
|Player||Attempts||Yards||Yards per Attempt||TD||Fumbles||Rusher Rating|
|Tim Hightower (WAS)||25||170||6.80||2||0||142.87|
|Ben Tate (HOU)||20||147||7.35||1||0||137.00|
|Richard Medlin (NE)||20||66||3.30||2||1||134.77|
|Ray Rice (BAL)||25||123||4.92||2||0||132.55|
|Jamie Harper (TEN)||38||168||4.42||3||0||129.81|
|Ryan Mathews (SD)||24||187||7.79||2||1||128.40|
|BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE)||23||79||3.44||4||0||124.40|
|Keith Toston (STL)||23||77||3.35||2||0||123.93|
|Isaac Redman (PIT)||22||117||5.32||1||0||121.86|
|Thomas Clayton (SEA)||37||131||3.54||2||0||119.65|
|Ronnie Brown (PHI)||21||88||4.19||1||0||117.57|
|Stevan Ridley (NE)||30||148||4.93||2||1||116.70|
|Matt Forte (CHI)||21||81||3.86||1||0||115.74|
|Danny Ware (NYG)||21||79||3.76||1||0||115.22|
|Anthony Dixon (SF)||40||129||3.23||2||0||114.36|
|Kendall Hunter (SF)||35||231||6.60||1||0||114.07|
|Joique Bell (NO)||31||182||5.87||1||0||113.31|
|Cedric Peerman (CIN)||22||75||3.41||1||0||111.38|
|Darren Evans (IND)||25||96||3.84||1||0||108.96|
|Armond Smith (CLE)||31||192||6.19||2||2||108.72|
|Cedric Benson (CIN)||29||119||4.10||1||0||105.56|
|Xavier Omon (SF)||30||121||4.03||1||0||104.17|
|Leon Washington (SEA)||27||92||3.41||1||0||103.98|
|Cadillac Williams (STL)||30||116||3.87||1||0||103.25|
|Kahlil Bell (CHI)||35||157||4.49||1||0||102.47|
The average for all running backs with at least 20 rushes was 27.25 carries for 111.13 yards (4.08 yards per carry) and a rusher rating of 95.23.
Now, let’s look at team Rusher Rating, namely Rusher Rating Differential.
The top five teams, based on Rusher Differential, had a record of 14-6, with a 1.46 PF/PA ratio.
|Team||Rushing Attempts||Offensive Rusher Rating||Defensive Rushing Attempts||Defensive Rusher Rating||Rusher Rating Differential|
The average team rusher rating was 91.17, based on an average of 111.56 carries.
This system will be put to the test this season. Each week, the Rusher Rating and Rusher Rating Differential will be updated to determine its impact on winning percentage.
Read more: Baltimore Ravens, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Preseason, Ray Rice, Rusher Rating Differential, Rusher Rating System, Tim Hightower, Washington Redskins
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