While running backs may not have the same cachet these days, NFL teams like the Tennessee Titans wouldn’t be anywhere these last five years without the likes of Derrick Henry. That’s to say, great running backs still make a huge difference.
With NFL props at Massachusetts online sportsbooks, you can bet on things like individual rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Here’s where to do it.
NFL Futures – Most Rushing Yards
Check the odds feed below for up-to-date numbers for betting on rushing stats. Compare NFL rushing leader odds across multiple books, and if you see odds you like, click to go to that book and place a bet.
Where can I bet on NFL most rushing yards?
An app for a legal online sportsbook lets you place a bet from pretty much anywhere within a state where betting is legal. That now includes Massachusetts.
At legal sportsbooks, you can compare current odds for NFL games, as well as lines for NFL player props, futures odds for NFL season win totals, and more. You can also research the NFL sports betting rulebook regarding your bets.
What are NFL rushing prop bets?
In football, there are two major aspects to an offense: passing and running. Both are key, and both get plenty of wagering from new and experienced bettors. You can learn more about NFL passing yards futures here. Meanwhile, for betting on NFL rushing stats, you’ll have chances to bet on individual performances, team performances, and even in-game speculation on how well players are going to respond.
This likely means chances to cheer for specific players to get the ball out of the backfield. It doesn’t matter if you are placing in-play bets on a specific game or long-term futures bets, you’ll be keeping your eyes locked on the number of yards on the ground for a specific player or team, for instance.
You’ll see totals bets that ask you to choose over or under a specific number, combined wagers like rushing yards and receiving yards, score-based bets like total rushing TDs, and even bets on which team or player will end up with the most regular-season rushing yards in the NFL.
Types of NFL rushing props
Here are some of the most popular rushing-related NFL bets you might find at Massachusetts sports betting sites. These prop bets for NFL most rushing yards aren’t the be-all, end-all of available wagers, so check and see what your preferred sportsbook offers. And don’t be afraid to create an account elsewhere if you are in search of more variety or better Massachusetts sportsbook promos and sign-up bonuses.
- Most rushing yards: Predict which player will end up with the most rushing yards for the regular season. A variety of candidates will have betting lines, depending on how sportsbooks view their chances. You’ll see a lot of familiar names at the top of the list, such as Saquon Barkley or Derrick Henry. It’s not always the biggest name who ends up with the NFL’s most rushing yards title, either, so make sure you do your homework before betting.
- Most rushing TDs: This bet is the same as the above, except instead of yards you’re betting on touchdowns. In addition to researching individual running backs, you’ll also want to dig into team offenses to get an idea of where the scoring opportunities are likely to go. Is there a particular back that a team hands the ball to in short-yardage situations? Does the team carry a fullback on the roster to punch holes into the end zone? Some teams use primarily one back on nearly every down, while others go with more of a committee.
- Total rushing yards: You’ll bet on whether a specific player will rush for more or fewer yards than the line that the sportsbook has set for that player, either for a game or a season.
- Total rushing touchdowns: Another over/under wager, but this one is for rushing touchdowns. Again, oddsmakers will give you a number for a specific player, and you can bet on whether that player will go over or under that number.
- Total rushing + receiving yards: This bet has become a bit more popular as the pass-focused offense continues to take over the NFL. Running backs no longer only find yards through the line of scrimmage. Teams also expect them to catch out of the backfield and make plays. The number of dual-threat RBs in the league continues to grow as players like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara showcase just how valuable they can be for an offense. This bet may also appear as “total number of scrimmage yards” either for a single game or the full season.
NFL rushing yards leaders since 2010
While running the ball is not as in favor as it used to be in the NFL, top running backs will still get their numbers. Below is the leader in rushing yards for each season since 2000:
|Year||Player||Team (at the time)||Yards|
|2022||Josh Jacobs||Las Vegas Raiders||1,653|
|2021||Jonathan Taylor||Indianapolis Colts||1,811|
|2020||Derrick Henry||Tennessee Titans||2,027|
|2019||Derrick Henry||Tennessee Titans||1,540|
|2018||Ezekiel Elliott||Dallas Cowboys||1,434|
|2017||Kareen Hunt||Kansas City Chiefs||1,327|
|2016||Ezekiel Elliott||Dallas Cowboys||1,631|
|2015||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||1,485|
|2014||DeMarco Murray||Dallas Cowboys||1,845|
|2013||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||1,607|
|2012||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||2,097|
|2011||Maurice Jones-Drew||Jacksonville Jaguars||1,606|
|2010||Arian Foster||Houston Texans||1,616|
|2009||Chris Johnson||Tennessee Titans||2,006|
|2008||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||1,760|
|2007||LaDainian Tomlinson||San Diego Chargers||1,474|
|2006||LaDainian Tomlinson||San Diego Chargers||1,815|
|2005||Shaun Alexander||Seattle Seahawks||1,880|
|2004||Curtis Martin||New York Jets||1,697|
|2003||Jamal Lewis||Baltimore Ravens||2,066|
|2002||Ricky Williams||Miami Dolphins||1,853|
|2001||Priest Holmes||Kansas City Chiefs||1,555|
|2000||Edgerrin James||Indianapolis Colts||1,709|
NFL rushing records
NFL running backs have put up some impressive numbers over the years. Below, we outline the three categories where the records have been set.
- NFL single-game rushing record: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson set the single-game NFL rushing record on Nov. 4, 2007, when he put up 296 yards (along with three touchdowns) against the San Diego Chargers. Peterson also set the NFL record for most rushing yards in a half with the 253 yards he picked up after halftime.
- NFL single-season rushing record: Most rushing yards in a season goes to Eric Dickerson, who ran for 2,105 yards in 1984, a mark that’s now stood for decades. We’ll have to see whether the NFL going to 17 games in a season gives future challengers a better shot at setting a new mark.
- NFL career rushing record: Emmitt Smith, who spent the bulk of his career winning Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, sits atop a list of some very talented RBs as the all-time rushing leader. He put up a staggering 18,355 yards during his 15-year (1990-2004) career.
In second place is Walter Payton with 16,726 yards from 1975-87, while Barry Sanders of Detroit Lions fame is fourth with 15,269 (1989-98). As of March 2022, two players in the top five are still active. Frank Gore, who played for the New York Jets in 2021-22, is third on the all-time list with 16,000 yards. Adrian Peterson, who signed with Seattle in 2021, is fifth with 14,918.