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.
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football: Which is Less Competitive? Which Has More Blowouts?
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.
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?
All those beatdowns in 2014 have understandably created a chorus of Thursday night naysayers, from the media to fans to the players themselves.
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.Follow @VinGetz
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014, INCL. THANKSGIVING GAMES*)
|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)
|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|