The last 3 games we have averaged 26 carries for 153 yards (5.8 ypc). Hightower has 35 carries for 222 (6.3 ypc) and Wells has 36 carries for 203 (5.6 ypc). Are we getting better at this, or have our opponents been that bad? Here are the numbers.
Bears - #23 in rushing yards allowed per game (122) and #16 in rushing yards allowed per carry (4.3). Cards had 182 yards at 5.9 ypc.
Seahawks - #15 in rushing yards allowed per game (111) and #17 in rushing yards allowed per carry (4.3). Cards had 122 at 4.1 ypc.
Rams - #28 in rushing yards allowed per game (146) and #29 in rushing yards allowed per carry (4.7). Cards had 154 at 8.6 ypc.
Those teams look bad, but in all cases (except ypc vs. Seahawks where we were very close) we gained more both in terms of total yards and yards per carry than our opponents' averages.
So, again, I ask. Are we getting better or are our opponents getting worse? Please assign value to both the OL and the RBs if you are going to argue that we are improving. I want to know if you think improvement is due more to our OL getting better or the presence of Beanie and growth of Hightower.
Thanks and GO CARDS!