Can Shonn Greene keep it going against the Eagles?
The Jets running back might finally be living up to expectations
By: Corby Yarbrough | 12/18/11, 9:09 AM EST
Oh, Shonn Greene are you teasing us or is this for real?
The New York Jets’ running back has certainly paid off for those of us who waited all season for him to do just that. He has three straight double-digit weeks for the first time this season and now faces a Philadephia Eagles defense that is ranked 18th against the run at 115.1 yards per game. However, the Eagles have given up the eighth-most rushing yards to RBs the last three weeks (355).
Greene had 10.5 points against Buffalo in Week 12, busted off his season high of 30.9 points in Week 13 against Washington and came back with 26.2 points against Kansas City last week. And this is with QB Mark Sanchez having three rushing touchdowns the last five weeks. It has helped that Greene has added nine catches for 96 yards — 14.1 points in Athlon’s half-PPR scoring fotmat — to help counter Sanchez vulturing those scores.
But is this a mirage or can we start Greene in the semifinals of our fantasy football playoffs?
Well, the Jets are facing Michael Vick and a still high-powered yet inefficient Eagles offense, Run the ball, control the clock and keep Vick off the field. Greene can certainly help the Jets do that.
New York allowed Reggie Bush to run for 103 yards n 14 carries and get five catches for 27 yards last week in Miami. A week earlier, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch gashed the Jets for 148 yards and two scores on 22 carries. Lynch and Bush are two of six runners to gain over 100 yards against the Jets and two of eight to get at least 86.
Greene needs to get in the end zone to make it a successful day, and he has done that four times in the last three games after having done it just twice in the previous 11 games. He has games of 78, 88 and 129 yards rushing the last three games after having just two games above 78 in the previous 11. He has three games of three catches in a row after having just one game of over three catches in the previous 11.
So it has either clicked for Greene or he is peaking at just the right time. Whatever it is, the combination of his recent performances and that of the Eagles against opposing running backs makes Greene a solid start in Week 15.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter
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