Odds to Win NFL Rushing Title Favor Saquon Barkley Over Ezekiel Elliott

Zach Brunner
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Through two weeks of the NFL season, we have seen a number of big individual offensive performances through the air, but don't let that overshadow some of the great rushing performances we've seen thus far.

Once favored to win the NFL rushing title, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (+500) has now fallen behind second-year New York Giant Saquon Barkley (+400), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Barkley has started the season out incredibly hot, amassing 227 rushing yards on just 29 carries (7.8 yards per carry). He has totaled at least 100 yards rushing in both games, including a 120-yard Week 1 performance against Elliott and the Cowboys.

Following his preseason holdout, Elliott saw a reduced workload in that first game, but he has still looked terrific, running for 164 yards (4.6 yards per carry) through two weeks.

However, the current rushing leader is Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who has the third-best odds to win the rushing title at +550. He has a total of 265 yards on the ground, which includes the longest run of the season thus far (75 yards). Cook has looked spectacular in his return from injury.

Christian McCaffrey has the fourth-best odds (+1300), even though he only had 37 yards rushing in Week 2. Still, he may be asked to do more than any other running back in the league this season, as he's played 100 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps through two weeks.


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