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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Will NFC South have 1,000-yard rusher?

By Pat Yasinskas

For only the second time in its history, the NFC South could finish a season without a 1,000-yard rusher.

A player needs to average 62.5 yards per game to reach a 1,000. At the moment, Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin is the only NFC South player on pace for 1,000 yards – barely.

Martin is averaging 64.6 rushing yards per game. Atlanta’s Michael Turner is slightly off the pace at 59.5 yards per game.

No other NFC South running back has reached the 200-yard mark.

Since its inception in 2002, the only season in which the NFC South hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher was 2007, when Tampa Bay’s Earnest Graham led the division with 898 yards.

In the history of the NFC South, there have been, 17 1,000-yard seasons.

Here’s a look at who has reached 1,000 yards: