NFL Week 9 Running Back Sit/Start Report

START – Jeremy Langford:  Rookie Jeremy Langford is expected to fully take over backfield duties during Matt Forte’s potential multi-week absence. As usual, Bears coach John Fox is having honesty issues, so Forte is still listed only as “doubtful.” The reality is that Forte is widely expected to miss at LEAST the next two weeks and Langford is next up on the Bears depth chart. After Forte’s apparent MCL injury, Langford took over, taking 12 carries for 46 yards. Though the numbers don’t jump out as overly impressive, the matchup ahead against the San Diego Chargers Monday night should allow for a strong performance. The Chargers rank 27th in allowing 124.6 rushing yards per game, leaving the door open for a breakout performance for the rookie tailback. Consider Jeremy Langford a solid RB2 with upside based on goal-line opportunities.

START – Lamar Miller:  Miller has been on a roll as of late, racking up 303 yards and 3 touchdowns on 42 carries in his last 3 games, also picking up 85 yards on 10 receptions for 1 TD. His usage rate is sky high, and despite the tough matchup ahead against the Buffalo Bills, Miller should see a full workload with multiple goal-line opportunities. His lack of competition for touches makes him a lock for high snaps and around 15 touches, which should translate to RB2 numbers, despite facing a stout Bills rush defense.

SIT – Frank Gore:  Gore is coming off a season-high 22 carries, and 25 total touches in the Colts’ 29-26 overtime loss to the Carolina Panthers. After the firing of OC Pep Hamilton, the offense could see radical change, and this might be a situation to avoid this week. Even more discouraging for Gore, the Colts host the Denver Broncos, whose defense has led them to a 7-0 record to start the year. Denver currently ranks 4th in surrendering 89.3 rushing yards per game, and Gore should not be expected to heavily surpass the average. Consider Frank Gore a low-end RB2 with a potential dud of a performance for week 9.




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