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NFL Most Regular Season Rushing Yards favorites

The 2023 NFL season begins on Thursday and we have analyzed eight leading contenders to register the most rushing yards in the regular season.

Nick Chubb +550

Nick Chubb is the preseason favorite in the Most Rushing Yards market and Cleveland's bruising bell-cow back has every chance to be the NFL's leading rusher, having posted more than 1,000 yards in four of his five years in the league.

The exception was a rookie campaign where he rushed for 996 yards, so Chubb has been super-consistent on the ground despite competing with Kareem Hunt for touches over the last four seasons.

With Hunt gone, Chubb - who enjoyed a career-best season in 2022 - is unquestionably the lead back in an offense which also includes Jerome Ford and Pierre Strong Jr.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 17
Rushing Yards: 1,525

Derrick Henry +800

Having tormented NFL defenses since 2016, Derrick Henry showed no real signs of slowing down in 2022, rushing for 1,538 from 16 games and also enjoying a career-best season as a receiver.

The Titans' powerhouse turns 30 before the end of the regular season and his productivity is sure to drop at some stage, but he led the league in two of the last three seasons in which he played 15 or more games (2019 and 2020) and was second to Josh Jacobs last season.

With little competition for touches in Tennessee, expect King Henry to continue to churn out yards for at least one more campaign.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 16
Rushing Yards: 1,538

Bijan Robinson +1000

One of two running backs to be drafted in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft, rookie Bijan Robinson will play the lead role in an Atlanta Falcons backfield also featuring Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson.

The former Texas Longhorn rushed for 1,580 yards in 12 games in the NCAA last season as he was named a unanimous All-American, winning the Doak Walker Award for the nation's best college running back.

Robinson was drafted eighth overall by Atlanta, the highest draft position of any back since the Giants took Saquon Barkley at No.2 in 2018.

Josh Jacobs +1600

The league's leading rusher in 2022, Josh Jacobs sat out the Las Vegas Raiders' preseason due a contract dispute but he insists he is ready to go having agreed to a reworked one-year deal which keeps him at Allegiant Stadium.

Jacobs rushed for 1,653 yards last season and 2,053 total yards from scrimmage, while he also led the NFL in total touches, seeing the ball 393 times in 17 games.

If he is indeed primed from the start, the fifth-year back will lead the Raiders' ground offense with some support from sophomore Zamir White and veteran change-of-pace option Ameer Abdullah.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 17
Rushing Yards: 1,653

Saquon Barkley +1600

A star as a rookie in 2018 and a 1,000+ rusher in 2019, Saquon Barkley's New York Giants career hit the skids in Week 2 of the 2020 season when a torn ACL sidelined him for the rest of the campaign.

His 2021 comeback fell below expectations, but we saw the best of Barkley last season as he bounced back with a career-best 1,312 yards on the ground as well as 338 through the air.

Provided he stays healthy, Barkley is expected to again dominate in the Giants' backfield with veteran Matt Breida sitting second on the depth chart.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 16
Rushing Yards: 1,312

Breece Hall +1800

Despite suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Breece Hall showed promise in his rookie NFL campaign, rushing for 463 yards from seven starts for the New York Jets and scoring two touchdowns on the ground.

Head coach Robert Saleh insists that the second-year back will be ready for Week 1, but he will have to compete with Dalvin Cook and Michael Carter in a crowded backfield, so there are question marks over both his fitness and his volume of touches.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 7
Rushing Yards: 463

Tony Pollard +1800

Tony Pollard has featured in a duo with Ezekiel Elliott over the last four seasons but he'll get his chance to lead the ground attack in Dallas this year after the Cowboys opted to release Elliott in the offseason.

Pollard enjoyed the most productive season of his career in 2022, rushing for 1,007 yards from 193 attempts, and all signs point to him playing a significant role again. He could be one to watch.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 16
Rushing Yards: 1,007

Kenneth Walker +1800

Coming off a productive rookie campaign which saw him rush for 1,050 yards in 15 games, Seattle's Kenneth Walker will again lead the Seahawks' backfield, although he could face some serious competition from second-round pick Zach Charbonnet.

However, Travis Etienne was the only rookie to rush for more yards than Walker last season, so the former Michigan State Spartan will start the season as the undisputed leader from the Hawks' running back room.

2022 regular season:
Games played: 15
Rushing Yards: 1,050

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