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 15:

Rank

Player

Team

Rushing Yards

1 Josh Jacobs LVR 1402
2 Derrick Henry TEN 1199
3 Nick Chubb CLE 1153
4 Saquon Barkley NYG 1083
5 Miles Sanders PHI 1068
6 Dalvin Cook MIN 950
7 Dameon Pierce HOU 939
8 Justin Fields CHI 905
9 Tony Pollard DAL 894
10 Jonathan Taylor IND 861
11 Aaron Jones GNB 847
12 Christian McCaffrey SF/CAR 819
13 Travis Etienne JAX 814
14 Jamaal Williams DET 806
15 Lamar Jackson BAL 764
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 742
17 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 716
18 Jeff Wilson MIA/SF 706
19 Najee Harris PIT 704
20 Joe Mixon CIN 701
21 Jalen Hurts PHI 686
22 Kenneth Walker III SEA 649
23 Khalil Herbert CHI 643
24 Devin Singletary BUF 642
25 David Montgomery CHI 641

Remaining at the top of the rushing yards leaderboard is Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders. Jacobs carried the ball 27 times for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, falling just short of his seventh 100-yard rushing performance of the season. After having his fifth-year option declined this past offseason, the 24-year-old has responded with the finest season of his career and is due for a big pay raise come free agency.

Week 14’s top rushing performance came from the Eagles’ Miles Sanders, who ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Philadelphia steamrolled the New York Giants 48-22, improving to 12-1 on the season. Like Jacobs, Sanders will be a free agent this offseason and should have plenty of suitors following the first 1,000+ yard rushing campaign of his career.