So I just got done watching the NFL Top 100 players of 2012, and Arian Foster was ranked LOWER than Ray Rice. This irked me, but not as bad as when I start reading Twitter and Facebook comments across the bottom of the screen, from Rice supporters. The OVERWHELMING reason they gave as to why they thought Ray was better than Arian wasbecause Rice is in the AFC North, which tends to be known as a much tougher defensive division, overall, thus his good numbers are supposedly harder to come by than Foster's.
We played that division a total of SIX times last season, including the playoffs. During those games, Arian Foster rushed for an average of 109 yds per game and just over 5 yds per carry. He also averaged over 28.8 yds per game and 6.9 yds per reception and totaled 5 touchdowns over the six games.
Guess what Ray Rice's stats were against all NON-AFC North opponents, including the playoffs, last year. You know... against those weaker defenses. Ehem...
Rushing, he averaged just over a WHOPPING 62.9 yards per game (watch out!) and a meager 3.3 yards per carry. In the receiving game, his numbers were slightly better than Foster's, at 45.1 yards per game and just over 9 yards per reception. However... in the 12 games he played against non-divisional opponents, he scored all of 5 whole touchdowns... total. (The same amount that Foster scored in just the 6 games.)
Point is, Arian Foster played considerably better against your "big, bad" AFC North than Ray Rice did against everyone BUT the beastly North.
What do you have to say now? Show the man the damn respect he deserves. In 2011, Foster missed 3.5 games but still ranked 5th in the NFL w/ 1,224 rushing yards. Over the course of the last TWO seasons, he leads the NFL w/ 4,061 yards from scrimmage & 30 TDs.
Best back in the league (at least, in my opinion)... all while seeming to float on air. #GoTexans