clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson Is NFL Rushing Leader Through Week 2

After Week 1, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was the NFL's top-rated passer. Thanks to the shenanigans of Tom Brady - who will visit Orchard Park this weekend needing just 60 passing yards to eclipse 1,000 on this absurdly young season - that is no longer the case. The Bills, however, still boast a league leader in their offensive arsenal.

Fred Jackson, the long-overlooked running back who just a month ago was questioning his own job security, has gained a league-leading 229 yards on the ground through two games, ripping off huge chunks of yardage and averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He's currently a nose ahead of Oakland's Darren McFadden in this category.

Jackson also currently leads all NFL rushers with four runs of 20 or more yards - three of which came in yesterday's wild 38-35 home win over the Oakland Raiders. His 43-yard touchdown scamper made the score 21-10 in favor of Oakland just after halftime, and sparked Buffalo's huge comeback. What's more, 10 more of his 35 carries have yielded between 5-19 yards. He's had just three negative carries.

These two games also represent just the second time in Jackson's career that he's posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts. Fitzpatrick and the passing game are scoring most of the touchdowns, but there's no question - at least in my mind - that Jackson is the Bills' offensive MVP to this point in the season.