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Chargers, Jags top playoff running back rankings

So who has the best running backs among the playoff teams? Scouts Inc. ranks them all.

Updated: January 2, 2008, 12:03 PM ET
By Scouts Inc.
The 2007 playoffs are loaded with teams that use two running backs, but San Diego needs just one -- LaDainian Tomlinson. Armed with the best back in football, the Chargers edge out a few of the two-back teams for the top spot in our playoff RB rankings.

Simply put, LaDainian Tomlinson is the best running back in the NFL. He has outstanding instincts and patience when setting up blockers in the Chargers' Power "O" schemes. He has very good foot quickness and natural jump-cut ability, and thanks to his explosive speed he's a threat to score anytime he touches the ball . San Diego also has a deep and talented group of backups (Michael Turner and Darren Sproles).

Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew form an extremely talented duo, and coach Jack Del Rio's philosophy is to pound the rock to set up the play-action attack with QB David Garrard. Taylor should have easily made the Pro Bowl and is still a home run threat anytime he touches the ball. He is most dangerous on power runs and cut-back plays. Jones-Drew is an excellent change-of-pace back. While some think of him as just a a third-down back, he is a powerful runner between the tackles and has good receiving skills.

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