Lynch, Wells giving Gore, Jackson a run

Frank Gore and Steven Jackson have competition in defining the landscape for running backs in the NFC West.

NFC West RBs

Gore continues to lead the division in rushing yards, but Marshawn Lynch and Beanie Wells are gaining on him. And both have more yardage than Jackson, in part because Lynch has had one more game.

All four backs have battled through injuries at various points this season. Wells missed time to an ankle injury. Back spasms sidelined Lynch for a game. A quadriceps injury sidelined Jackson. Gore had ankle problems earlier in the year.

The top four backs in the division are power runners. All are on pace to top 1,000 yards. Gore has five 100-yard rushing games, Lynch four, Jackson three and Wells two. Wells set a franchise record with 228 yards in his last game.

Following along on the power theme, I've put together a chart from ESPN Stats & Information ranking NFC West backs by highest percentage of yardage gained after contact. Lynch upped his percentage by five points to 45.7 after gaining 51 of his 148 yards Thursday night after the Eagles made contact with him.


2011 NFC West RBs: Top percent yards after contact