Arizona Cardinals: Five Best Opponent RB’s In 2015


The Arizona Cardinals will have their hands full with some very good running backs in 2015

We looked at the five best quarterbacks the Arizona Cardinals will face in 2015.  How about the running backs?  You can’t forget them.  The Cardinals will face some good ones in the 2015 season.

We know the Cardinals will see the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch twice but that’s just the start of the impressive backs they will have to play this upcoming season.  So who’s the best runners we’ll see this year?

1. Marshawn Lynch

You have to start with the guy who you will see twice and can hurt your twice.  He rushed for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014.  The Cardinals held him in check in their first meeting last year with just 39 yards and no touchdowns.  However he ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns in their second meeting.

2. Matt Forte

He put up 1,038 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and caught 102 passes for 808 yards and four touchdowns last season.  He is a double threat running back for the Chicago Bears.  This game will be in Chicago in week two so it could be a huge game for Forte and a guy that the Cardinals will need to gameplan for.

3. DeMarco Murray

Once a threat with the Dallas Cowboys is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.  He rushed 392 times for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns.  He also caught 57 passes for 416 yards but no touchdowns.  Last season the Cardinals were the first team to keep Murry under 100 yards after starting the season with eight straight 100-plus yard games.

4. Le’Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back will miss the first three games of the 2015 season due to suspension but that doesn’t include the Cardinals game which isn’t until week six on October 18th in Pittsburgh.  Bell carried the ball 290 times for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.   He is also a threat to catch the ball.  He had 83 receptions for 854 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

5. Todd Gurley

The Cardinals will have to face him twice as well as the rookie prepares to play in his first NFL season with the St. Louis Rams.  This guy is going to be special if he stays healthy.  He’s returning from an ACL injury but all indications are he’ll be ready for the season.  Don’t sleep on this guy.  Even though we don’t know how he’ll produce as an NFL running back yet I’m fairly sure he’s a guy the Cardinals will need to plan for.