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RB CLUTCH FACTOR: Praying for Priest

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How difficult is it to be a top-flight running back in the NFL? On the same play clinched the top spot in this week's Clutch Factor with a 56-yard run that propelled the Kansas City back into their game with the ; he suffered a hip injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. NFL history is littered with top-flight running backs whose careers are derailed by injury, Terrell Davis and Jamal Anderson being the latest on a list which includes Gale Sayers, Billy Sims and Bo Jackson. It's too early to speculate on Holmes' hip injury; let's just hope it's a minor annoyance as opposed to a serious problem. What the ratings are based on:
  • All running backs on pace to gain 1,000 or more rushing yards (21 this week) and their yards-per-carry (except Red Zone, where scoring percentage is the factor) in the following categories
  • Fourth quarter: The game is often in the balance.
  • Last two minutes in each half: How good is the two-minute drill?
  • Third down: Can they convert third-and-short?.
  • Red zone: How often do they punch it in?
  • Ahead by seven points or less: Time to put a team away.
  • Behind by seven or less: One TD and the lead is back.
Whoever scores the lowest total for the six categories has the best "Clutch Factor."
Clutch factor: The Top 10
Rank Last ranking RB 4th quarter Last 2 min. Third down Red zone score % Ahead <7 Behind <7 TOTAL points
1. 3. 8 (4.5) 2 (6.8) 4 (5.7) 1 (30.6) 9 (5.1) 8 (4.5) 32
Comment: Hip injury could put No. 1 ranking in jeopardy.
2. 1. 1 (6.2) 10 (4.7) 1 (7.5) 20.5 (6.3) 5 (5.4) 2 (5.7) 39.5
Comment: Wasn't a factor in Vikings' big win vs. Saints.
3. 4. 3 (5.6) 6.5 (5.4) 18.5 (2.4) 2 (27.6) 1 (6.0) 12.5 (4.1) 43.5
Comment: Might be time to shut it down for the season.
4. 2. 3 (5.0) 17.5 (2.7) 7.5 (4.7) 5 (24.4) 7 (5.3) 4 (5.0) 45
Comment: If only he would stop fumbling, is terrific at everything else.
5. 11. 13 (4.0) 9 (4.8) 15 (3.1) 4 (25.0) 7 (5.3) 1 (5.8) 49
Comment: Has handled his fumbling problem, making Pro Bowl another matter.
6. 10. 6 (4.8) 3.5 (5.8) 6 (4.9) 13 (16.1) 3 (5.6) 21 (3.5) 52.5
Comment: Getting MVP consideration, needs playoff berth first.
7. 6. 19 (3.1) 1 (7.1) 5 (5.2) 7 (23.3) 7 (5.3) 19 (3.7) 58
Comment: Alexander, Hasselbeck leading Seahawk offensive resurgence.
8. 7. 13 (4.0) 5 (5.5) 7.5 (4.7) 6 (24.0) 19 (3.5) 9.5 (4.3) 60
Comment: Where was he in the fourth quarter vs. Buffalo?
9. 8. 7 (4.6) 17.5 (2.7) 9 (4.6) 8 (22.9) 14.5 (4.2) 6 (4.9) 62
Comment: Shaking off ankle injury, if only he could help defense.
10. 12. 10 (4.2) 6.5 (5.4) 21 (2.1) 17 (12.0) 4 (5.5) 4 (5.0) 62.5
Comment: May finally be worn down.
And the rest... 11. (LR: NR): Welcome to the rankings, overcame early season injuries.
12. (LR: 5): Jags still alive but Taylor is sliding.
13. (LR: 14): Not much else to say except maybe Carson Palmer will help ... maybe not.
. 14. (LR: 13): Quiet two weeks, needs to step up vs. .
15. (LR: 16): Injuries haven't ruined his season, but they've slowed it down.
16. (LR: 17): Waiting for the axe to fall on Campo.
17. (LR: 15): suddenly back in wild-card hunt.
18. (LR: 19): Providing just enough to keep afloat.
19. (LR: 18): Can't gain yards if he doesn't get carries.
20. (LR: 20): Can he actually lose his job to somebody named Mungro?
21. (LR: 21): Gets the tough yards, but for Eddie all of them are tough.
Michael Lazarus can be reached at his e-mail address, mlazarus@foxsports.com.
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