Who Leads the NFL in Rushing Yards This Year?

While the NFL has become known for its pass-happy nature, the importance of having a solid running game cannot be underestimated. Throughout the season, this space will monitor the league’s rushing leaders. 

Here is how things shake out entering Week 18:

Rank

Player

Team

Rushing Yards

1 Josh Jacobs LV 1608
2 Nick Chubb CLE 1448
3 Derrick Henry  TEN 1429
4 Saquon Barkley NYG 1312
5 Miles Sanders PHI 1236
6 Justin Fields CHI 1143
7 Dalvin Cook MIN 1136
8 Travis Etienne JAX 1108
9 Christian McCaffrey SF/CAR 1094
10 Aaron Jones GB 1073
11 Jamaal Williams DET 994
12 Tony Pollard* DAL 988
13 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 986
14 Najee Harris PIT 954
15 Dameon Pierce HOU 939
16 Kenneth Walker III SEA 936
17 Tyler Allgeier ATL 900
18 Austin Ekeler LAC 881
19 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 866
20 Jonathan Taylor IND 861
21 D’Onta Foreman CAR 846
22 Raheem Mostert MIA 820
23 Brian Robinson WAS 797
24 Alvin Kamara NOR 791
25 Devin Singletary BUF 790

Maintaining the top spot is Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders. Squaring off against an elite San Francisco 49ers defense in Week 17, Jacobs carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards and a touchdown as Las Vegas fell 37-34 in overtime. It was Jacobs’s 12th rushing score of the season. The 24-year-old left the contest in the first half with a hip injury but returned after missing roughly one drive. After having his fifth-year option declined by the Raiders last offseason, Jacobs has all but locked up his first-career rushing crown, sitting 158 yards clear of Cleveland Browns star Nick Chubb with one game remaining. Jacobs will close out his career-best campaign Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, a team he steamrolled for 154 yards back in Week 5.