Earlier we looked at the quarterbacks and how they differed once adjusting for opponent. It’s time to do the same for the running backs. Unlike with quarterbacks, there aren’t a dozen ways to evaluate running backs, but there should be enough for me to bloviate through another article.
Running backs and receivers are of course more dependent on their statistics from their supporting cast than quarterbacks, making them a lot more difficult to analyze from a statistical standpoint (or at least draw firm conclusions from), they’re not impossible to divine either.
Though the Vikings have been embroiled in a running back controversy of sorts, the talent disparity between the two the Vikings have left on the roster taking significant carries is not as large as many fans think, including me. There is strong evidence to indicate that though Jerick McKinnon deserves much more play from the Vikings in order to build up a stronger and easier to parse resume, Asiata has received a little too much flak from fans and analysts alike when it comes to his impact on the offense.