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Friday, January 7, 2011
Putting Foster's rushing title in context

By Paul Kuharsky

Arian Foster won the rushing title for a bad 6-10 team that gave up a lot of points.

This left me wondering how difficult -- and perhaps uncommon -- it is for the league’s most productive running back to come from a losing team that spent a fair share of time playing from behind and needing to throw the ball.

The answer, from Keith Hawkins of ESPN Stats & Info, is that it’s not all that uncommon.

Here is a list of the running backs since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 who have won the league’s rushing total despite playing on a losing team.

A few points:
By Football Outsiders’s adjusted numbers Insider, Foster was still the best running back in the NFL. (Also mentioned here: Austin Collie and Randy Moss, both in not great ways.)

Other Foster notes on a truly remarkable season: