This past Sunday, Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore moved into fourth place on the all-time rushing list. What Gore has been able to accomplish in his NFL career is nothing short of astounding. Gore has been one of the most consistent — and consistently under-rated — running backs in the league since his rookie year in 2005.
That on its own would be great. When you add on the fact that he’s done all of this after coming off not one, but two, torn ACLs, it’s truly incredible. Even more impressive, even at 35 years of age, Gore shows no signs of stopping.
One of the biggest questions coming into the season was “How are the Dolphins going to split carries between Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore?” Conventional wisdom was that Drake would receive the lion’s share of the carries, with Gore being used primarily in short yardage and goal-to-go situations.
That’s not exactly how the situation has played out so far this season. Gore has been much more involved in the week-to-week game plan than at least I had expected. On the season Gore has 18 carries and has averaged nearly 5 yards a carry. He has yet to score on the season, but with effective runs like that, it’s only a matter of time.
Gore has found success in his career against the Oakland Raiders throughout his career. In his four previous games against the Raiders, Gore has topped the 100-yard mark twice and has nearly 500 career yards against the team. That career success, combined with Gore’s effectiveness on the ground so far this season, spells success this Sunday. How much will Gore continue to vulture carries from Drake remains to be seen, but he should be in line for a big game on Sunday.
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