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NFL 2016: Importance of the Ground Game
A tough, reliable running game allows an offense to command a game's pace. In the majority of games, it can also control the outcome.
Last season, NFL teams with a 100-yard rusher in a game posted a 73-23 record for a .760 winning percentage. That rated higher than clubs with a 100-yard receiver (120-96, .556) or a 300-yard passer (69-63, .522).
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing (1,485 yards) for the third time in his career. The Vikings were 7-0 last year in games when Peterson rushed for more than 100 yards. In 2016, Peterson will look to continue to be the focal point of the Minnesota attack.
"I appreciate everything he does for us," says Vikings head coach MIKE ZIMMER about Peterson. "His leadership, the way he comes out to practice and the way he prepares. Everything. I'm impressed with him and the way he does things all the time."
Adrian Peterson Overview
Over the past five years, teams have compiled a 381-152-5 record (.713) when a player has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. By comparison, clubs with a 100-yard receiver have a .553 winning percentage (508-410-2), while offenses with a 300-yard passer have won 52.7 percent of their games (528-290-1).
The winning percentage of teams with a 100-yard rusher, 100-yard receiver or 300-yard passer over the past five seasons:
Team Winning Percentage, Past Five Seasons
|100-Yard Rushers||100-Yard Receivers||300-Yard Passers|
NFL Running Back Rankings
|Source: NFL Fantasy Football Rankings|
The NFL's Top 20 Rushing Leaders