Buffalo Bills: Who will end up as the team’s leading rusher in 2018?

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The Buffalo Bills have an interesting statistical race taking place on Sunday. Will it be a quarterback or a running back who leads the team in rushing for the year?

I never thought we would be having this conversation as the Buffalo Bills head into the 2018 season finale.

Will Josh Allen finish the season as the team’s leading rusher?

That is a realistic possibility as Allen enters the game with 536 rushing yards on the year. LeSean McCoy is second with 488.

If Allen someone finishes with zero rushing yards, McCoy would need 49 to take the title. That is a mark McCoy has only reached four times this season. And that is if Allen doesn’t rush for a yard.

Allen’s rushing numbers mainly come from the three-game stretch where he ran for a total of 335 yards. He ran for at least 99 yards in all three games. McCoy has only reached that mark once, back in the win over the New York Jets.

The only way I see McCoy getting past Allen is if the Bills take a big lead early. Or if there is a miracle and McCoy busts off his longest run of the season.

But it’s not like teams have been fooled by McCoy at all this season. And since it’s the final game of the season, a player like Keith Ford could even see more action since the playoffs are out of the question.

My prediction is that Allen easily finishes as the leading rusher. He should finish with at least a minimum of 30-40 rushing yards in the game, and the other backs on the team will spoil McCoy’s chances of topping the leaderboard.

Some fans may overreact about this. I just see it as a bad season for the veteran. His play wasn’t going to make-or-break the season, so this can be chalked up as a really bad year and he can move forward to 2019.

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What does need to change next year is that Allen can’t run so much. Not just for his own safety, but because the running backs have to provide some sort of production on offense. If the group is a dud again, the team will be in trouble right away.