Saturday, January 20, 8:44 PM
Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards rushed 10 times for 40 yards in the team's 34-10 victory over the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round. Although the Ravens established an early lead in the second half and maintained control, it was teammate Justice Hill who led the backfield in touches, not Edwards. Both running backs averaged at least four yards per carry, showcasing an unstoppable rushing attack in the second half while the Texans struggled to halt them. The Ravens are set to host the AFC Championship in the next game against either the Chiefs or Bills, both of whom rank below league average in DVOA against the run. Both potential opponents limited points to running backs this year, and the evaluation of the Ravens' backfield remains challenging due to the committee approach along with a quarterback who serves as the primary threat in the rushing attack.
Sunday, January 7, 10:31 PM
Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert had another chance to see a bulk of the workload with D'Onta Foreman (coach's decision) out again in Week 18. The 25-year-old rushed 12 times for just 28 yards in the team's 17-9 loss to the Packers while also catching two passes for 13 yards. After rushing for 731 yards a year ago, Herbert couldn't take a step forward and ended the year with just 583 yards with similar volume. The Bears drafted Roschon Johnson in 2023, and Herbert failed to separate himself this year as the true lead back for the foreseeable future. While the Bears were a run-heavy team in 2023, which allowed Herbert to thrive at times, they will either endure massive offensive change or continue to have a quarterback who takes rushing opportunities away. Herbert will look to earn a full bell-cow role in 2024.
Still trying to decide between Edwards and Herbert? Check on the latest news to make sure both players are active and healthy. Our PPR projections show that Gus Edwards is projected to score 3.3 points this week while Khalil Herbert is projected to score 11.1 points.