NFL Top 5 Running Back Tandems
We’ve already looked at who we thought were the best backup running backs in the league. Now let’s take a look at the top running back combinations.
Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Chargers: I know Melvin Gordon is in Florida, holding out, working out, and waiting for that call from the Chargers on a new deal but the Chargers backfield is still very dangerous with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. The Chargers still have a solid and underrated 1-2 punch with these two in the backfield. Ekeler has amazing hands, a similar running style as a young Darren Sproles. Jackson has the chance to light up this league with his poise and talent oozing with each carry and reception. Watch out for this combo for the Chargers.
Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders: Head coach Doug Pedersen has used more running back combinations than any other coach in the league since 2017. I expect Sanders to lead the Eagles rushing offense with his versatile playmaking ability. Signing Jordan Howard was critical and gives them a change of pace back with a nose for the endzone. Both backs have skill sets that make them dangerous in this system. Expect a lot of different looks and a lot of production from different angles in this studded backfield.
Chris Carson, and Rashaad Penny: These two men put together are scary good. Carson has really shown what he’s capable of when he has the rock., he’s an amazing runner in between the tackles, with above average hands. Penny’s rookie season started off slow but he has shown the ability to be special in this league, and gives these Seahawks a change of pace back, with great hands.
San Francisco 49ers
Telvin Coleman, and Jerick McKinnon: Coleman had his greatest year under head coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2016. Coleman gives the 49ers a playmaking ability that will open the field for Jimmy G. I’m really interested and excited for this offense and backfield. McKinnon returns after tearing his ACL in 2018. He is very similar in the style to Coleman, but you can line McKinnon. Both backs have amazing hands and superior vision.
Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis: They had to make this list seeing how well they complement each other. Henry coming off a 1,000-yard season is going to draw defenders down into the box and Lewis is going to make defenders miss in open space. I really like how the backs are used in this system. I believe in second year head coach Mike Vrabel and his vision for this running back group.
Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard: Just thinking about these two on paper has to keep defensive coordinators awake at night. Both of these backs provide the exact same skill set. Both explosive, they both are excellent pass catchers, they are both elusive, and they both have big play ability each time one of them touches the ball.