The proximity of Chris Johnson's early-season struggles (despite Ben Tate's break-out success), seemed to help fuel a sense around the AFC South blog that running backs are struggling while receivers are running wild so far.
Giant quarterback days have contributed to that for sure.
So I asked Mark Malzewski at ESPN Stats and Info to look in to the ratio of 100-yard rushing games to 100-yard receiving games to this point.
Here’s what Elias told him.
2011: 13 100-yard rushing games, 32 100-yard receiving games
2010: 10 100-yard rushing games, 21 100-yard receiving games
2009: 13 100-yard rushing games, 19 100-yard receiving games
2008: 13 100-yard rushing games, 21 100-yard receiving games
2007: 13 100-yard rushing games, 23 100-yard receiving games
2006: 15 100-yard rushing games, 24 100-yard receiving games
So running backs are doing what they’ve done the last five years.
Receivers, meanwhile, are averaging four more 100-yard games a week than they have in the best starting two weeks in the last five years.
Maybe it’s time to reconsider how you’re using that flex position?