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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Broken tackles: Lynch, Forsett lead the way

By Mike Sando

Football Outsiders' stats for broken tackles raise all sorts of questions regarding NFC West running backs.

Why did the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett rank among the NFL's top six players in broken tackles per touch (minimum 80 touches)?

Why did the St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson's totals drop so sharply from 2009 to 2010?

Why didn't the San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore rank very high in either year?

There's even a Beanie Wells reference for those following the Arizona Cardinals.

The chart breaks out the NFL's top six, as charted by Football Outsiders. The above-linked item features much more information. My quick thoughts on NFC West totals:
These stats are admittedly subjective. Different people charted different teams while trying to meet the same standard. I might chart this category next season to see how the numbers match up.