DeMarco Murray and Running Backs with the Most Carries in a Single Season

Larry Johnson's Actual Cleats From His 2006 Record-Setting Game

Larry Johnson’s Actual Cleats From His 2006 Record-Setting Game

Not only is DeMarco Murray throwing an MVP-worthy season on the grid this season and is now amongst the all-time leaders with consecutive 100-yard rushing games (still active, by the way), he’s on pace to break a couple records, including most carries in a season.

Only five running backs have had more than 400 rushing attempts in one go-round: Larry Johnson, Jamal Anderson, relative-unknown James Wilder, the great Eric Dickerson and Eddie George.

Johnson holds the all-time record with 416 for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.

Murray, at 26.5 carries per game, will finish with 424 if he keeps it up.

No one else on 2014’s leaderboard (at the current averages) would make today’s list of the top 20 workhorse running backs with the most carries in one campaign.

RUNNING BACK RUSHING ATTEMPTS SEASON TEAM
1. Larry Johnson 416 2006 Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jamal Anderson 410 1998 Atlanta Falcons
3. James Wilder 407 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Eric Dickerson 404 1986 Los Angeles Rams
5. Eddie George 403 2000 Tennessee Titans
6. Gerald Riggs 397 1985 Atlanta Falcons
7. Terrell Davis 392 1998 Denver Broncos
7. Ricky Williams 392 2003 Miami Dolphins
9. Eric Dickerson 390 1983 Los Angeles Rams
9. Barry Foster 390 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Eric Dickerson 388 1988 Indianapolis Colts
12. Jamal Lewis 387 2003 Baltimore Ravens
12. Edgerrin James 387 2000 Indianapolis Colts
14. Ricky Williams 383 2002 Miami Dolphins
15. Walter Payton 381 1984 Chicago Bears
16. Marcus Allen 380 1985 Los Angeles Raiders
17. Eric Dickerson 379 1984 Los Angeles Rams
18. George Rogers 378 1981 New Orleans Saints
19. Emmitt Smith 377 1995 Dallas Cowboys
20. Michael Turner 376 2008 Atlanta Falcons

Photo: profootballhof.com

NFL: Running Backs with the Most Career Rushing Attempts

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Emmitt Smith Took The Ball More Than Any Other Running Back

Only one running back in NFL history was given the rock over 4,000 times. It’s football’s all-time rushing yards and rushing touchdowns leader, too.

It’s Emmitt Smith with just another record, and by quite a bit – nearly 600 carries more than second all-time, Walter Payton. That margin alone covers more carries than many running backs’ entire careers.

It’s hard enough to grab the ball 3,000 times – only eight running backs ever have even done that. Eric Dickerson missed it by just four attempts.

RUNNING BACK CAREER RUSHING ATTEMPTS CAREER SPAN TEAM(S)
1. Emmitt Smith 4,409 1990-2004  Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
2. Walter Payton 3,838 1975-1987  Chicago Bears
3. Curtis Martin 3,518 1995-2005  New England Patriots, New York Jets
4. Jerome Bettis 3,479 1993-2005  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. LaDainian Tomlinson 3,174 2001-2011  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets
6. Barry Sanders 3,062 1989-1998  Detroit Lions
7. Edgerrin James 3,028 1999-2009  Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks
8. Marcus Allen 3,022 1982-1997  Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Dickerson 2,996 1983-1993  Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons
10. Franco Harris 2,949 1972-1984  Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
11. Tony Dorsett 2,936 1977-1988  Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
12. John Riggins 2,916 1971-1985  New York Jets, Washington Redskins
13. Thurman Thomas 2,877 1988-2000  Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
14. Eddie George 2,865 1996-2004  Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, Dallas Cowboys
15. Marshall Faulk 2,836 1994-2005  Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams
16. Thomas Jones 2,678 2000-2011  Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Warrick Dunn 2,669 1997-2008  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons
18. Ricky Watters 2,622 1992-2001  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
18. Steven Jackson 2,622 2004-2014  St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons
20. Corey Dillon 2,618 1997-2006  Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots

Photo: thelandryhat.com

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football: Which is Less Competitive? Which Has More Blowouts?

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football

The first game of the season (on a Thursday) saw the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks make the usually-highly-competitive Green Bay Packers look like chumps, 36-16.

Week 2 saw another bore on a Thursday, and another 20-point win. The Baltimore Ravens shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

We haven’t even started yet. Week 3 was the big Thursday blowout – and the biggest since the current Thursday night package went into effect in 2006. The Atlanta Falcons jumped to a ridiculous 56-0 lead over the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers before that game settled at 56-14.

Even the New York Giants scored 45 points on a Thursday – in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.

There’s more. The Packers returned to Thursday night in Week 5 and beat the rival Minnesota Vikings 42-10.

Scrap the Thursday night game!! Right?

Nah.

All those beatdowns in 2014 have understandably created a chorus of Thursday night naysayers, from the media to fans to the players themselves.

USAToday said Thursday Night Football is “pretty much unwatchable.” Bleacher Report asked if TNF was “hurting the NFL brand.” NBC Sports wondered, “what’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?”

New York sports radio is awash in callers bemoaning the lack of competition in the TNF games.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster told CBS Sports, “I don’t know one player that likes it. I really don’t know a fan that likes it, either.” He alluded to a higher risk in injury thanks to the four-day turnaround.

But here’s the thing. Mondays actually host worse games that are less competitive and field more blowouts, if only by a bit, over the same period of time.

Let’s look at the facts.

First of all, for the past nine seasons (2006-2014) there have actually been more games played on Thursdays each season than on Mondays. Every week, there is one Thursday and one Monday game. Thanks to the Thanksgiving slate, a threesome, add another two Thursday games to the season. It’s Monday night then, by this perspective, that is the odd night out.

It also happens that there have been more blowouts on Mondays than on Thursdays (fairly, the sample set goes back only to 2006 with the inception of TNF).

Furthermore, a preponderance of the Thursday night blowouts occurred on Thanksgiving itself, a tradition that’s been going on for almost 100 years (1920) with little complaint. No one in their right mind would scrap those games.

Let’s look at the stats.

Below is every Monday and Thursday game since 2006 with a point differential of 25 or more: 19 times on Monday Night compared to just 15 times on Thursday – and of those nearly half (seven) were on T-Day.

On both days, the biggest blowout was 42 points. Both days have had eight 30-point or more defeats.

If you look further, though, thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com, you can see that Mondays also have had twice as many (!) 20-24 point wins (20) than Thursdays (10), again over the same 2006-2014 period.

Conclusion: There’s not much of a difference between Monday and Thursday games, and what there is actually leans towards Mondays being the lamer of the two.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014, INCL. THANKSGIVING GAMES*)

WINNER LOSER DATE POINT DIFF.
1. Atlanta Falcons 56 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Sep. 18, 2014 42
2. Tennessee Titans 47 Detroit Lions 10 Nov. 27, 2008* 37
3. Green Bay Packers 42 Minnesota Vikings 10 Oct. 2, 2014 32
4. Indianapolis Colts 41 New Orleans Saints 10 Sep. 6, 2007 31
4. Dallas Cowboys 34 New York Jets 3 Nov. 22, 2007* 31
4. New York Giants 45 Washington Redskins 14 Sep. 25, 2014 31
7. Detroit Lions 40 Green Bay Packers 10 Nov. 28, 2013* 30
7. New England Patriots 49 New York Jets 19 Nov. 22, 2012* 30
9. New York Giants 36 Carolina Panthers 7 Sep. 20, 2012 29
10. Dallas Cowboys 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Nov. 23, 2006* 28
10. Philadelphia Eagles 48 Arizona Cardinals 20 Nov. 27, 2008* 28
12. Atlanta Falcons 41 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Dec. 15, 2011 27
12. San Diego Chargers 34 San Francisco 49ers 7 Dec. 16, 2010 27
12. San Diego Chargers 34 Oakland Raiders 7 Dec. 4, 2008 27
15. Dallas Cowboys 34 Seattle Seahawks 9 Nov. 27, 2008* 25

*

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014)

WINNER LOSER DATE POINT DIFF.
1. New England Patriots 45 New York Jets 3 Dec. 6, 2010 42
2. Green Bay Packers 45 Minnesota Vikings 7 Nov. 14, 2011 38
3. New England Patriots 41 Denver Broncos 7 Oct. 20, 2008 34
4. New York Giants 45 Washington Redskins 12 Dec. 21, 2009 33
5. New England Patriots 34 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Nov. 21, 2011 31
5. Phialdelphia Eagles 59 Washington Redskins 28 Nov. 15, 2010 31
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 38 Baltimore Ravens 7 Nov. 5, 2007 31
5. Baltimore Ravens 44 Cincinnati Bengals 13 Sep. 10, 2012 31
9. New Orleans Saints 45 Atlanta Falcons 16 Dec. 26, 2011 29
10. New England Patriots 42 Houston Texans 14 Dec. 10, 2012 28
11. Denver Broncos 41 Oakland Raiders 14 Sep. 8, 2008 27
11. Kansas City Chiefs 41 New England Patriots 14 Sep. 29, 2014 27
11. New England Patriots 41 Miami Dolphins 14 Oct. 4, 2010 27
11. Tennessee Titans 30 Jacksonville Jaguars 3 Oct. 18, 2010 27
11. San Diego Chargers 27 Oakland Raiders 0 Sep. 11, 2006 27
11. Seattle Seahawks 34 New Orleans Saints 7 Dec. 2, 2013 27
17. Chicago Bears 40 Minnesota Vikings 14 Dec. 20, 2010 26
18. New Orleans Saints 49 New York Giants 24 Nov. 28, 2011 25
18. San Francisco 49ers 32 Chicago Bears 7 Nov. 19, 2012 25

Photos: wikipedia.org / engadget.com

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