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Justin Forsett showing he's a top-five NFL running back this season

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Forsett went for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries against Tennessee.

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Ten games in and Justin Forsett has established himself as a top-five running back for the 2014 season.

DeMarco Murray has set the bar as the league's best running back this season. Arian Foster, Le'Veon Bell and Matt Forte have all had spectacular seasons. Then there's Forsett, who hasn't gotten as much notice as those guys, but has put up some impressive numbers through 10 games.

His 112 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 21-7 win over Tennessee brings his season total to 721 yards and five scores. He entered Sunday as the NFL's fifth-best rusher in terms of yards and could possibly improve his standing after this week's slate of games.

In a game where the Ravens' offensive line struggled to pass protect, Forsett showcased his patience and found all the right holes to run through. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry and helped wear down the Tennessee front seven as the game went on. With Joe Flacco and the passing game struggling to find a rhythm, Forsett became someone the unit could rely on.

It's amazing to think back to this offseason the moment Forsett was signed. He was seen as someone that would help the Ravens out for two games while Ray Rice was suspended, while backing up Bernard Pierce. And then he'd be a third-stringer once Rice was back.

Since, he's been one of the bigger surprises in the entire NFL. Now, the Ravens have a decision to make this offseason. Forsett, 29, signed a one-year deal at $730,000 for the 2014 season. He's more than earned his paycheck. He doesn't have the kind of tread backs his age normally have, but he's still set to enter that 30-year-old territory that clubs often fear.

For now, the Ravens will hope Forsett keeps up what he's been able to do this season. If so, he'll likely be back for another go-around.


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