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Checkdowns: Career rushing stats in wins and losses

Trent Richardson thinks this guy was an average running back in losses.

Trent Richardson thinks this guy was an average running back in losses.

Yesterday, I noted that Adrian Peterson is averaging nearly two more yards per rush in losses than wins. He’s also averaging a nearly identical number of rushing yards per game in wins and losses.

As you’re about to see, that’s pretty rare. We all know that wins are correlated with rushing yards, so it should come as no surprise that running backs generally gain more rushing yards in wins than in losses.

I looked at all games, including playoffs, from 1960 to 2011, for all players with at least 3,000 rushing yards over that time period. The table below lists the following information for each player:

— His first year (or 1960, if he played before 1960) and his last year (or 2011, if still active)
— All the franchises he played for (which you can search for in the search box)
— His number of career wins, and his career rush attempts, rushing yards, rushing yards per carry, and rushing yards per game in wins
— His number of career losses, and his career rush attempts, rushing yards, rushing yards per carry, and rushing yards per game in losses

The table is sorted by rushing yards per game in wins. Again, for players like Jim Brown or Peterson, they are included but only their stats from 1960 to 2011 are shown. The table only shows the top 50 players, but the search feature works for the entire table, which includes 281 players. In addition, you can click on the drop arrow and change the number of rows shown.

As always, the table is fully sortable. If you click twice on the far right column, you see the career leaders in rushing yards per game in losses. You probably aren’t surprised to see Barry Sanders at the top, but the presence of the running back formerly known as Dom Davis up there is a bit surprising. Steven Jackson is one of the few players who have averaged over 70 rushing yards per game in losses, which jives with the sixth post in Football Perspective history. In addition, Jackson (at least through 2011) and LaDainian Tomlinson form an interesting example of Simpson’s Paradox: Jackson has a higher career rushing yards per game average in both wins (93.9 to 89.9) and losses (71.1 to 63.2), while Tomlinson has the higher career average overall (78.6 to 78.3).

Rk
Player
Years
Teams
Pos
W
Rsh_W
Yd_W
YPC_W
Yd/G_W
L
Rsh_L
Yd_L
YPC_L
Yd/G_L
1Jim Brown1960--1965cleFB55117665905.6119.82538417064.4468.2
2Terrell Davis1995--2001denRB58141568674.85118.42844418804.2367.1
3Barry Sanders1989--1998detRB75167085265.11113.784148371294.8184.9
4Eric Dickerson1983--1993ram-clt-rai-atlRB74177684114.74113.778136855724.0771.4
5O.J. Simpson1969--1979buf-sfoRB4395048185.0711292144263514.469
6Earl Campbell1978--1985oti-norRB50120954094.47108.270111344183.9763.1
7Adrian Peterson2007--2011minRB3879240025.05105.33868530184.4179.4
8Chris Johnson2008--2011otiRB3677237764.89104.92842619414.5669.3
9Clinton Portis2002--2010den-wasRB58128160514.72104.359101940864.0169.3
10Arian Foster2009--2011htxRB2042820774.85103.91628213054.6381.6
11Emmitt Smith1990--2004dal-crdRB1353036131984.3597.8108172267433.9262.4
12Jamal Lewis2000--2009rav-cleRB74165371934.3597.263101938403.7761
13Walter Payton1975--1987chiRB1132460109754.4697.186155863834.174.2
14Larry Johnson2003--2011kan-cin-was-miaRB4081338424.7396.14362724133.8556.1
15Edgerrin James1999--2009clt-crd-seaRB99225194694.2195.66299536293.6558.5
16Billy Sims1980--1984detRB3060328614.7495.43255423784.2974.3
17Curtis Martin1995--2005nwe-nyjRB96223591344.0995.182146557623.9370.3
18Frank Gore2005--2011sfoRB4793944224.7194.15574333664.5361.2
19Jamaal Charles2008--2011kanRB1621815046.9943429016055.5347.2
20Steven Jackson2004--2011ramRB3776934734.5293.980138856884.171.1
21Shaun Alexander2000--2008sea-wasRB73150666074.3990.55985034104.0157.8
22LaDainian Tomlinson2001--2011sdg-nyjRB104204893464.5689.976125748063.8263.2
23Corey Dillon1997--2006cin-nweRB72139164604.6489.786134752893.9361.5
24Rudi Johnson2001--2008cin-detRB4190136724.0889.65262923633.7645.4
25Eddie George1996--2004oti-dalRB90209478633.7687.46097733543.4355.9
26Wilbert Montgomery1977--1985phi-detRB55101647664.6986.75465225133.8546.5
27Fred Taylor1998--2010jax-nweRB89158876744.8386.272107546344.3164.4
28Jamal Anderson1994--2001atlRB3776731894.1686.24763224233.8351.6
29Gale Sayers1965--1971chiRB2942624925.8585.93651021224.1658.9
30Barry Foster1990--1994pitRB3570429974.2685.62327512304.4753.5
31Curt Warner1983--1990sea-ramRB55113347044.1585.54863623893.7649.8
32Matt Forte2008--2011chiRB3566129854.5285.32739513983.5451.8
33Cookie Gilchrist1962--1967buf-den-miaFB3462528714.5984.43137213813.7144.5
34William Andrews1979--1986atlRB4374936094.8283.94258624394.1658.1
35Marshall Faulk1994--2005clt-ramRB99177483074.6883.989122745743.7351.4
36John Henry Johnson1960--1966pit-otiFB-HB3258926824.5583.83843517183.9545.2
37Tony Dorsett1977--1988dal-denRB1212237101374.5383.868100139853.9858.6
38Jerome Bettis1993--2005ram-pitRB111233392743.9883.593134550623.7654.4
39Priest Holmes1997--2007rav-kanRB61109350774.6583.24972933164.5567.7
40Ricky Watters1992--2001sfo-phi-seaRB91182375524.14836396337203.8659
41Jim Nance1965--1973nwe-nyjRB3057124554.381.86268025853.841.7
42Robert Smith1993--2000minRB63103951464.9581.74151722624.3855.2
43George Rogers1981--1987nor-wasRB53100943264.2981.64577231284.0569.5
44Jim Taylor1960--1967gnb-norFB81146865764.4881.23140115823.9551
45Travis Henry2001--2007buf-oti-denRB3667229064.3280.75281631803.961.2
46Willie Parker2004--2009pitRB5597744364.5480.72740314133.5152.3
47Ray Rice2008--2011ravRB4579236274.5880.62227411944.3654.3
48Maurice Jones-Drew2006--2011jaxRB4577636164.6680.45072232864.5565.7
49Deuce McAllister2001--2008norRB5091340174.480.34754322404.1347.7
50Thurman Thomas1988--2000buf-miaRB1302373103784.3779.87184331383.7244.2
51Terry Allen1991--2001min-was-nwe-nor-ravRB69130355044.2279.86589032633.6750.2
52Fred Jackson2007--2011bufRB2539319805.0479.24042418144.2845.4
53Jonathan Stewart2008--2011carRB2841422175.3679.23531412954.1237
54Franco Harris1972--1984pit-seaRB1362553106824.1878.55577629243.7753.2
55John Riggins1971--1985nyj-wasRB103204880883.9578.579111942603.8153.9
56Tiki Barber1997--2006nygRB80127762694.9178.480105446324.3957.9
57Lydell Mitchell1972--1980clt-sdg-ramRB58110344724.0577.14964522803.5346.5
58Ricky Williams1999--2011nor-mia-ravRB81148662214.1976.8709673868455.3
59Greg Bell1984--1990buf-ram-raiRB3559626414.4375.55068426763.9153.5
60Marshawn Lynch2007--2011buf-seaRB3159223373.9575.44356823384.1254.4
61Stephen Davis1996--2006was-car-ramRB72123454224.3975.36380731013.8449.2
62LeSean McCoy2009--2011phiRB2842721004.9275202259964.4349.8
63Domanick Williams2003--2005htxRB122268983.9774.82854422974.2282
64Hoyle Granger1966--1972oti-norRB2744320134.5474.63835815304.2740.3
65DeAngelo Williams2006--2011carRB3855728335.0974.64345122775.0553
66Rodney Hampton1990--1997nygRB56104841223.9373.65182629693.5958.2
67Ahman Green1998--2009sea-gnb-htxRB89141665454.6273.56375931814.1950.5
68Earnest Jackson1983--1988sdg-phi-pitRB3154422794.1973.54451518883.6742.9
69Lawrence McCutcheon1973--1981ram-den-sea-bufRB75124354624.3972.83842216934.0144.6
70Freeman McNeil1981--1992nyjRB71113251094.51727578233644.344.9
71Rashard Mendenhall2008--2011pitRB3764626434.0971.4172289544.1856.1
72Warrick Dunn1997--2008tam-atlRB98161869964.3271.492116743713.7547.5
73Cedric Benson2005--2011chi-cinRB5092535683.8671.44564724463.7854.4
74Natrone Means1993--1999sdg-jaxRB55100439173.971.23954919483.5549.9
75Gary Brown1991--1999oti-sdg-nygRB4061928414.59713542414763.4842.2
76Michael Turner2004--2011sdg-atlRB76113053914.7770.93837614573.8838.3
77Christian Okoye1987--1992kanRB447803120470.93544717713.9650.6
78Karim Abdul-Jabbar1996--2000mia-cle-cltRB3365123393.5970.93138811883.0638.3
79Garrison Hearst1993--2004crd-cin-sfo-denRB76121053854.4570.95568128404.1751.6
80Joe Morris1982--1991nyg-cleRB63110344604.0470.85044816783.7533.6
81Johnny Johnson1990--1994crd-nyjRB2442816853.9470.24761823933.8750.9
82Thomas Jones2000--2011crd-tam-chi-nyj-kanRB88154161543.9969.999126249503.9250
83Chuck Muncie1976--1984nor-sdgRB5181735544.3569.76585436644.2956.4
84Chuck Foreman1973--1980min-nweRB77132453184.0269.13842614093.3137.1
85Ottis Anderson1979--1992crd-nygRB94163064893.986980103342174.0852.7
86Larry Csonka1968--1979mia-nygRB91138762234.4968.46469125873.7440.4
87Randy McMillan1981--1986cltRB2028213654.8468.36669524843.5737.6
88John Brockington1971--1977gnb-kanRB3663724563.8668.25465123083.5542.7
89Ryan Grant2007--2011gnbRB4567030524.5667.82231312914.1258.7
90Willis McGahee2004--2011buf-rav-denRB66104244154.2466.96185933593.9155.1
91Ron A. Johnson1969--1975cle-nygRB3762924263.8665.64153317293.2442.2
92Joe Cribbs1980--1988buf-sfo-miaRB5583435804.2965.14952319613.7540
93Marcus Allen1982--1997rai-kanRB145222194334.2565.191106841573.8945.7
94Antowain Smith1997--2005buf-nwe-oti-norRB75124848723.9656167425593.842
95Larry Brown1969--1976wasRB69117144413.7964.43546417803.8450.9
96Kevin Jones2004--2008det-chiRB2232614154.3464.34146917613.7543
97Floyd Little1967--1975denRB4573828803.9646782031873.8947.6
98Wendell Tyler1977--1986ram-sfoRB7193145104.8463.54655024434.4453.1
99Ricky Bell1977--1982tam-sdgRB253971588463.53846215913.4441.9
100Abner Haynes1960--1967kan-den-mia-nyjHB4860130465.0763.56043915923.6326.5
101Cadillac Williams2005--2011tam-ramRB3350520944.1563.55056819933.5139.9
102Clem Daniels1960--1968kan-rai-sfoRB5168932364.763.54940116694.1634.1
103Pete Johnson1977--1984cin-sdg-miaRB64102839953.8962.45053818793.4937.6
104Leonard Russell1991--1996nwe-den-ram-sdgRB3154919343.5262.45161520393.3240
105Bam Morris1994--1999pit-rav-chi-kanRB396052423462.13744416363.6844.2
106Rueben Mayes1986--1993nor-seaRB3655522334.02624031412624.0231.6
107Errict Rhett1994--2000tam-rav-cleRB3663522133.4961.54253919303.5846
108Anthony Thomas2001--2007chi-dal-nor-bufRB3962823953.8161.44943115323.5531.3
109James Wilder1981--1990tam-detRB3248119644.0861.486112341603.748.4
110Joseph Addai2006--2011cltRB6294338044.0361.42631012704.148.8
111Marion Butts1989--1995sdg-nwe-otiRB507663067461.35560122623.7641.1
112Matt Snell1964--1972nyjRB4264125734.0161.33543518494.2552.8
113Delvin Williams1974--1980sfo-miaRB5174531154.1861.14758825254.2953.7
114James Brooks1981--1992sdg-cin-cle-tamRB8397650605.18618676731184.0736.3
115Kevin Mack1985--1993cleRB5175331094.13615464524383.7845.1
116Mike Thomas1975--1980was-sdgRB5279631633.9760.82831911483.641
117Neal Anderson1986--1993chiRB6899241304.1660.74960423153.8347.2
118Paul Lowe1960--1969sdg-kanHB6676739985.2160.62822810754.7138.4
119DeShaun Foster2003--2008car-sfoRB4768928334.1160.33332311383.5234.5
120Napoleon Kaufman1995--2000raiRB4651227605.39604646720364.3644.3
121Mike Garrett1966--1973kan-sdgRB6282337124.5159.94147717033.5741.5
122Dave Hampton1969--1976gnb-atl-phiRB3654721443.9259.65558322963.9441.7
123Leroy Kelly1964--1973cleRB92126854654.3159.44953821453.9943.8
124Sam Cunningham1973--1982nweRB5380031333.9259.15261524303.9546.7
125Duce Staley1997--2006phi-pitRB6692338814.258.85262123683.8145.5
126Charlie Garner1994--2004phi-sfo-rai-tamRB6983040354.8658.58278435034.4742.7
127Mike Rozier1985--1991oti-atlRB4565426224.0158.35256020223.6138.9
128Brian Westbrook2002--2010phi-sfoRB8097146604.858.34952922064.1745
129Mark van Eeghen1974--1983rai-nweRB96139355613.9957.94143217143.9741.8
130Julius Jones2004--2010dal-sea-norRB4868427754.0657.84863624723.8951.5
131Marion Barber2005--2011dal-chiRB5978334074.3557.74441415243.6834.6
132James Stewart1995--2002jax-detRB5482831083.7557.65368128954.2554.6
133Eddie Lee Ivery1979--1986gnbRB3540720144.9557.5342448913.6526.2
134Ken Willard1965--1974sfo-crdRB69100339553.9457.35857919633.3933.8
135Mike Pruitt1976--1986cle-buf-kanRB6794438404.0757.37692136053.9147.4
136Marv Hubbard1969--1977rai-detRB6676737734.9257.2242258673.8536.1
137Gerald Riggs1982--1991atl-wasRB6289435443.9657.272111046904.2365.1
138Ronnie Brown2005--2011mia-phiRB4359624484.1156.95058625224.350.4
139Adrian Murrell1993--2003nyj-crd-was-dalRB4463724943.9256.77276528623.7439.8
140Don Perkins1961--1968dalFB-HB5575831074.156.55175430794.0860.4
141Lamar Smith1994--2003sea-nor-mia-carRB5481130433.7556.45856520303.5935
142Mike Anderson2000--2007den-ravRB5871632544.5456.1402509763.924.4
143J.D. Smith1960--1966sfo-dalFB-HB3345118504.156.13641115643.8143.4
144Ted Brown1979--1986minRB5066027994.24565649919073.8234.1
145Dick Bass1960--1969ramFB-HB4759026124.4355.65956725044.4242.4
146Sammy Winder1982--1990denRB80119544433.7255.55242313563.2126.1
147Emerson Boozer1966--1975nyjRB5477429843.8655.35851820924.0436.1
148Ed Podolak1969--1977kanRB4865526304.0254.84742314823.531.5
149Earnest Byner1984--1997cle-was-ravRB111152260643.9854.610275730344.0129.7
150Brandon Jacobs2005--2011nygRB7186238694.4954.53933614414.2936.9
151Roger Craig1983--1993sfo-rai-minRB127165868734.1554.15352921063.9839.7
152Mel Farr1967--1973detRB3137716774.4554.1272929603.2935.6
153Bobby Humphrey1989--1992den-miaRB3342217814.22542234213383.9160.8
154Jim Otis1970--1978nor-kan-crdRB5778230573.9153.65139113353.4126.2
155Chris Warren1990--2000sea-dal-phiRB7087237434.2953.59194840614.2844.6
156Ahmad Bradshaw2007--2011nygRB5256527804.9253.5272469173.7334
157John Stephens1988--1993nwe-gnb-kanRB2841014773.652.85953519633.6733.3
158Gary W. Anderson1985--1993sdg-tam-detRB3642018994.5252.87344915103.3620.7
159Otis Armstrong1973--1980denRB5872130554.2452.73932114084.3936.1
160Mercury Morris1969--1976mia-sdgRB7473738965.2952.6331616824.2420.7
161Kevan Barlow2001--2006sfo-nyjRB3745119464.3152.65058320743.5641.5
162Tom Sullivan1972--1978phi-cleRB2637513593.6252.35148316833.4833
163Reggie Cobb1990--1996tam-gnb-jax-nyjRB2940715143.7252.26267022553.3736.4
164Hewritt Dixon1963--1970den-raiRB-TE5567728614.2352381615533.4314.6
165Altie Taylor1969--1976det-otiRB5471827943.8951.74541714063.3731.2
166Tony Collins1981--1990nwe-miaRB5668228854.2351.55355619623.5337
167Sherman Smith1976--1983sea-sdgRB3540317924.4551.25343117284.0132.6
168Justin Fargas2003--2009raiFB2528712784.4551.16554020913.8732.2
169Edgar Bennett1992--1999gnb-chiRB6489932643.63514737912893.427.4
170Terry Metcalf1973--1981crd-wasRB-WR4649923414.6950.93628212164.3133.8
171Calvin Hill1969--1981dal-was-cleRB96114548844.2750.95439515593.9528.9
172Michael Vick2001--2011atl-phiQB6545932877.1650.65129721657.2942.5
173MacArthur Lane1968--1978crd-gnb-kanRB5260226204.3550.46755118843.4228.1
174Larry Kinnebrew1983--1990cin-bufRB3745818634.0750.44032812873.9232.2
175Gerry Ellis1980--1986gnbRB4647923144.8350.35435014994.2827.8
176Barry Word1987--1993nor-kan-minRB4554122354.1349.7242238593.8535.8
177Johnny Roland1966--1973crd-nygRB4050119683.9349.24742714583.4131
178Herschel Walker1986--1997dal-min-phi-nygRB8496241224.2849.1106102042354.1540
179Curtis Dickey1980--1986clt-cleRB3038314673.8348.95155325454.649.9
180Keith Lincoln1961--1968sdg-bufFB-HB4744022945.2148.83830812554.0733
181Boobie Clark1973--1980cin-otiRB4860123113.8548.1312258373.7227
182Clarence Davis1971--1978raiRB7375935114.6348.1251666253.7725
183Michael Pittman1998--2008crd-tam-denRB6978233154.24488166524993.7630.9
184Tom Woodeshick1963--1972phi-crdRB3134614834.2947.85045619224.2138.4
185Tyrone Wheatley1995--2004nyg-raiRB6781831853.8947.56149218783.8230.8
186Charley Tolar1960--1966otiFB4657621733.7747.24235411833.3428.2
187Frank Pollard1980--1988pitRB5255124484.4447.15044717723.9635.4
188Lorenzo White1988--1995oti-cleRB5461225384.15475952619683.7433.4
189Ron Dayne2000--2007nyg-den-htxRB5469325373.66474232012713.9730.3
190Walter Abercrombie1982--1988pit-phiRB4551621134.09474236914233.8633.9
191Harvey Williams1991--1998kan-raiRB5363224873.9446.95541115283.7227.8
192Don Calhoun1974--1981buf-nweRB5557725324.39463928810443.6326.8
193Greg Hill1994--1999kan-ram-detRB5357924394.2146281967954.0628.4
194Roland Harper1975--1982chiRB3439815543.945.74036415014.1237.5
195Rob Carpenter1977--1986oti-nyg-ramRB7690434493.8245.44835412463.5226
196Dexter Bussey1974--1984detRB5757825714.4545.17662825514.0633.6
197Wray Carlton1960--1967bufHB-FB4347219354.1453833814024.1536.9
198John David Crow1960--1968crd-sfoHB-TE5253923244.3144.74535514254.0131.7
199Mike Alstott1996--2006tamRB89100239483.9444.47946914813.1618.7
200Dalton Hilliard1986--1993norRB6576228643.7644.14438313643.5631
201Joe Washington1977--1985sdg-clt-was-atlRB6467228194.19446254220763.8333.5
202Wilbur Jackson1974--1982sfo-wasRB3637115744.2443.76060823053.7938.4
203Nick Pietrosante1960--1967det-cleFB5052021854.243.73630612414.0634.5
204Mario Bates1994--2000nor-crd-detRB3844016443.7443.35341614393.4627.2
205Les Josephson1964--1974ramRB5855225014.5343.1352006283.1417.9
206Reggie Bush2006--2011nor-miaRB4542919384.5243.13634914384.1239.9
207Rocky Bleier1968--1980pitRB8586136024.1842.4362077403.5720.6
208Chris Brown2003--2009oti-htxRB3230213524.4842.33844217814.0346.9
209James R. Jones1983--1992det-seaFB-TE3742915553.62427557520243.5227
210Charlie H. Smith1968--1975rai-sdgRB6672127513.8241.7221737154.1332.5
211Don Woods1974--1980sdg-sfoRB2933812053.5741.64042518824.4347.1
212Wayne Morris1976--1984crd-sdgRB4749619513.9341.56439914323.5922.4
213LaMont Jordan2001--2009nyj-rai-nwe-denRB5346721804.6741.16046917703.7729.5
214Ernie Green1962--1968cleHB-FB6455626214.7141271346544.8824.2
215Doug Kotar1974--1981nygRB3132412533.8740.45857621273.6936.7
216Dorsey Levens1994--2004gnb-phi-nygRB104102841824.0740.24838014753.8830.7
217Charles White1980--1988cle-ramRB5148720394.19405130310683.5220.9
218Craig Heyward1988--1998nor-chi-atl-ram-cltRB7164728374.38407240715183.7321.1
219Reuben Droughns2001--2008det-den-cle-nygRB5047819934.1739.94745916383.5734.9
220Johnny Hector1983--1992nyjRB5856923064.0539.86348920074.131.9
221Harold Green1990--1998cin-ram-atlRB4744218664.2239.77872025543.5532.7
222Amos Marsh1961--1967dal-detHB-FB3126412224.6339.45241216554.0231.8
223Dave Osborn1965--1976min-gnbRB8288632323.6539.44735213123.7327.9
224Cid Edwards1968--1975crd-sdg-chiRB2923511434.8639.4494181670434.1
225Tom Matte1961--1972cltRB9494237003.9339.44329811473.8526.7
226John L. Williams1986--1995sea-pitFB8173931724.2939.27553119393.6525.9
227Ladell Betts2002--2010was-norRB5248120164.1938.86035613553.8122.6
228Walt Garrison1966--1974dalRB8777733194.2738.1372369754.1326.4
229Michael Bennett2001--2010min-kan-tam-sdg-raiRB4742417884.22386044020084.5633.5
230Wendell Hayes1963--1974dal-den-kanRB625872349437.95840114453.624.9
231Willie Ellison1967--1974ram-kanRB5549020624.2137.52624810164.139.1
232Essex Johnson1968--1976cin-tamRB4839917894.4837.36532914614.4422.5
233Jim Kiick1968--1977mia-denRB8079129723.7637.23431310563.3731.1
234Stump Mitchell1981--1989crdRB5143918904.3137.16451425735.0140.2
235John Fuqua1969--1976nyg-pitRB5752421014.0136.93723910874.5529.4
236Robert Newhouse1972--1983dalRB115103042374.1136.84230411983.9428.5
237Curtis McClinton1962--1968kanFB-TE5851721344.1336.8322429784.0430.6
238Leroy Hoard1990--1999cle-rav-car-minRB7667727964.1336.87039213973.5620
239Merril Hoge1987--1994pit-chiRB5650520274.0136.25435913593.7925.2
240Charlie Harraway1966--1973cle-wasRB6258822403.8136.1342759213.3527.1
241Larry Garron1960--1968nweHB-FB5245718774.1136.1372609193.5324.8
242Correll Buckhalter2001--2010phi-denRB6249022224.5335.8482229594.3220
243Erric Pegram1991--1997atl-pit-sdg-nygRB5856420673.6635.64132714504.4335.4
244Carl Garrett1969--1977nwe-chi-nyj-raiRB5043517524.03356460424784.138.7
245Rickey Young1975--1983sdg-minRB5852820323.85357347216053.422
246Greg Pruitt1973--1984cle-raiRB8861430785.01357157725174.3635.5
247Darrin Nelson1982--1992min-sdgRB7358325454.3734.97648320674.2827.2
248Lenny Moore1960--1967cltRB-WR5846720114.3134.7332479863.9929.9
249Donny Anderson1966--1974gnb-crdRB6859423493.9534.55758922563.8339.6
250Kenneth Davis1986--1994gnb-bufRB7760326564.434.55433313714.1225.4
251Tommy Mason1961--1971min-ram-wasRB6154421023.8634.55542418554.3833.7
252Chester Taylor2002--2011rav-min-chi-crdRB8672629534.0734.37047019324.1127.6
253Tony Nathan1979--1987miaRB8963630474.7934.2452149504.4421.1
254Dominic Rhodes2001--2010clt-raiRB7057823874.1334.14033413063.9132.7
255Timmy Brown1960--1968phi-cltRB5139017244.4233.85346320054.3337.8
256Dick Hoak1961--1970pitRB-WR4341314203.44337963823073.6229.2
257Bill Mathis1960--1969nyjFB-HB6661521643.5232.86041713803.3123
258Earl Gros1962--1970gnb-phi-pit-norFB4434814414.1432.85245516733.6832.2
259Bill Brown1961--1974chi-minRB9689331383.5132.77770924613.4732
260Anthony Johnson1990--2000clt-nyj-chi-car-jaxRB5348217123.5532.37437113893.7418.8
261Jess Phillips1968--1977cin-nor-rai-nweRB6244419804.4631.96145116013.5526.2
262Terry Kirby1993--2002mia-sfo-cle-raiRB6853821564.0131.75130510193.3420
263Ronnie Bull1962--1971chi-phiRB6052018963.6531.64932712483.8225.5
264Norm Bulaich1970--1979clt-phi-miaRB7255222754.1231.64630011953.9826
265John Cappelletti1974--1983ram-sdgRB7767624103.5731.3341836243.4118.4
266Sammy Morris2000--2011buf-mia-nwe-dalRB6544319894.4930.66529410733.6516.5
267Pete Banaszak1966--1978raiRB11386734533.9830.6401856373.4415.9
268Cullen Bryant1973--1987ram-seaRB9571827463.8228.9522449653.9518.6
269Maurice Morris2002--2011sea-detRB7653521694.0528.57637416004.2821.1
270Randall Cunningham1985--2001phi-min-dal-ravQB9848627015.5627.67333424757.4133.9
271Tony Galbreath1976--1987nor-min-nygRB7950421244.2126.99054420213.7222.5
272Matt Suhey1980--1989chiRB8460222573.7526.9592698453.1414.3
273Kordell Stewart1995--2005pit-chi-ravQB7641019924.8626.25420411645.7121.6
274Steve Young1985--1999tam-sfoQB12555032365.8825.96026815975.9626.6
275Steve McNair1995--2007oti-ravQB10047924885.1924.97224514575.9520.2
276Donovan McNabb1999--2011phi-was-minQB10645823915.2222.67422914886.520.1
277Kevin Faulk1999--2011nweRB12565327434.221.95429912894.3123.9
278Preston Pearson1968--1980clt-pit-dalRB11860723803.9220.25837713313.5322.9
279Keith Byars1986--1998phi-mia-nwe-nyjFB-TE11953718933.5315.97931811543.6314.6
280John Elway1983--1998denQB16359822793.81149226615535.8416.9
281Fran Tarkenton1961--1978min-nygQB13139017104.3813.111729219346.6216.5


Of course, the really cool thing to do with this data is to see the difference in production in wins and losses. Because of space concerns, I couldn’t put all the information I wanted in the above table, hence the need for the next table, which shows the same biographical information and then also displays the player’s career totals (subject to the same caveats) in rushing yards, yards per game, and yards per carry. The next four columns reproduce the information above, showing each player’s yards per carry and yards per game in wins and losses. To make things easier for you, I’ve highlighted the two win columns in light blue and the two loss columns in light red.

The final two columns show the differences in each player’s yards per carry and yards per game in wins and losses. It is sorted by the differential in yards per game.

Gerald Riggs comes in with the most impressive differential in yards per game in losses rather than wins. Part of that is due to Riggs’ final season in Washington, where he rarely carried the ball but the team went 17-2. Still, even during Riggs’ prime, his numbers in wins and losses were pretty similar.

Rk
Player
Years
Teams
Pos
CarYd
CarYd/G
CarYPC
YPC_W
Yd/G_W
YPC_L
Yd/G_L
YPC_Diff
Yd/G_Diff
1Gerald Riggs1982--1991atl-wasRB830861.54.093.9657.24.2365.10.268
2Domanick Williams2003--2005htxRB319579.94.153.9774.84.22820.257.2
3Bobby Humphrey1989--1992den-miaRB311956.74.084.22543.9160.8-0.316.8
4Randall Cunningham1985--2001phi-min-dal-ravQB520130.26.315.5627.67.4133.91.856.3
5Don Woods1974--1980sdg-sfoRB308744.74.053.5741.64.4347.10.865.5
6Donny Anderson1966--1974gnb-crdRB486137.13.93.9534.53.8339.6-0.125
7Chris Brown2003--2009oti-htxRB313344.84.214.4842.34.0346.9-0.454.6
8Timmy Brown1960--1968phi-cltRB388035.94.344.4233.84.3337.8-0.094
9Don Perkins1961--1968dalFB-HB650159.14.154.156.54.0860.4-0.023.9
10Carl Garrett1969--1977nwe-chi-nyj-raiRB423037.14.074.03354.138.70.083.7
11Fran Tarkenton1961--1978min-nygQB374414.75.354.3813.16.6216.52.243.5
12Stump Mitchell1981--1989crdRB467039.94.74.3137.15.0140.20.73.1
13John Elway1983--1998denQB386815.14.463.81145.8416.92.032.9
14Preston Pearson1968--1980clt-pit-dalRB375821.13.793.9220.23.5322.9-0.392.8
15Kevin Faulk1999--2011nweRB403222.54.244.221.94.3123.90.111.9
16Willie Ellison1967--1974ram-kanRB344839.64.284.2137.54.139.1-0.111.6
17Curtis Dickey1980--1986clt-cleRB405149.44.283.8348.94.649.90.771
18Steve Young1985--1999tam-sfoQB483326.15.915.8825.95.9626.60.080.7
19Greg Pruitt1973--1984cle-raiRB572935.64.735.01354.3635.5-0.650.5
20Erric Pegram1991--1997atl-pit-sdg-nygRB352035.23.943.6635.64.4335.40.77-0.3
21Earl Gros1962--1970gnb-phi-pit-norFB315731.93.854.1432.83.6832.2-0.46-0.6
22Bill Brown1961--1974chi-minRB597733.23.533.5132.73.4732-0.04-0.7
23Tommy Mason1961--1971min-ram-wasRB421834.34.043.8634.54.3833.70.51-0.7
24Keith Byars1986--1998phi-mia-nwe-nyjFB-TE317415.93.613.5315.93.6314.60.1-1.3
25Dominic Rhodes2001--2010clt-raiRB369333.64.054.1334.13.9132.7-0.22-1.5
26Donovan McNabb1999--2011phi-was-minQB388121.45.645.2222.66.520.11.28-2.4
27James Stewart1995--2002jax-detRB600356.13.983.7557.64.2554.60.5-2.9
28Reggie Bush2006--2011nor-miaRB337641.74.344.5243.14.1239.9-0.4-3.1
29Doug Kotar1974--1981nygRB3380383.763.8740.43.6936.7-0.17-3.7
30Dick Hoak1961--1970pitRB-WR3965313.53.44333.6229.20.18-3.8
31Tony Galbreath1976--1987nor-min-nygRB414524.53.964.2126.93.7222.5-0.5-4.4
32Michael Bennett2001--2010min-kan-tam-sdg-raiRB379635.54.394.22384.5633.50.35-4.6
33Steve McNair1995--2007oti-ravQB394522.95.455.1924.95.9520.20.75-4.6
34Kordell Stewart1995--2005pit-chi-ravQB315624.35.144.8626.25.7121.60.85-4.7
35Lenny Moore1960--1967cltRB-WR309032.94.224.3134.73.9929.9-0.31-4.8
36Reuben Droughns2001--2008det-den-cle-nygRB363137.43.884.1739.93.5734.9-0.6-5
37Wilbur Jackson1974--1982sfo-wasRB387940.43.964.2443.73.7938.4-0.45-5.3
38Cid Edwards1968--1975crd-sdg-chiRB300636.74.314.8639.4434.1-0.87-5.3
39Norm Bulaich1970--1979clt-phi-miaRB357729.84.064.1231.63.9826-0.14-5.6
40Jess Phillips1968--1977cin-nor-rai-nweRB360929.13.994.4631.93.5526.2-0.91-5.7
41Jim Kiick1968--1977mia-denRB416035.63.643.7637.23.3731.1-0.38-6.1
42Ronnie Bull1962--1971chi-phiRB326428.43.653.6531.63.8225.50.17-6.1
43Curtis McClinton1962--1968kanFB-TE324834.24.054.1336.84.0430.6-0.09-6.2
44Julius Jones2004--2010dal-sea-norRB524754.73.984.0657.83.8951.5-0.17-6.3
45Ronnie Brown2005--2011mia-phiRB497053.44.24.1156.94.350.40.2-6.5
46Chester Taylor2002--2011rav-min-chi-crdRB488531.34.084.0734.34.1127.60.04-6.7
47Harold Green1990--1998cin-ram-atlRB442035.43.84.2239.73.5532.7-0.67-7
48Delvin Williams1974--1980sfo-miaRB564057.64.234.1861.14.2953.70.11-7.4
49John Fuqua1969--1976nyg-pitRB319433.64.184.0136.94.5529.40.54-7.5
50Maurice Morris2002--2011sea-detRB376924.84.154.0528.54.2821.10.22-7.5
51Amos Marsh1961--1967dal-detHB-FB322236.24.34.6339.44.0231.8-0.61-7.6
52Darrin Nelson1982--1992min-sdgRB4612314.334.3734.94.2827.2-0.09-7.7
53Johnny Hector1983--1992nyjRB433635.54.074.0539.84.131.90.05-7.9
54Wray Carlton1960--1967bufHB-FB353241.64.14.1454.1536.90.05-8.1
55Michael Vick2001--2011atl-phiQB549046.97.177.1650.67.2942.50.13-8.1
56Roland Harper1975--1982chiRB305541.34.013.945.74.1237.50.22-8.2
57Robert Newhouse1972--1983dalRB543534.64.074.1136.83.9428.5-0.17-8.3
58Matt Snell1964--1972nyjRB4538564.064.0161.34.2552.80.24-8.4
59Chris Warren1990--2000sea-dal-phiRB780448.54.294.2953.54.2844.6-0.01-8.8
60Charlie Harraway1966--1973cle-wasRB321532.53.623.8136.13.3527.1-0.46-9
61Kenneth Davis1986--1994gnb-bufRB406230.84.274.434.54.1225.4-0.29-9.1
62Herschel Walker1986--1997dal-min-phi-nygRB8357444.224.2849.14.1540-0.13-9.1
63Ryan Grant2007--2011gnbRB434364.84.424.5667.84.1258.7-0.43-9.1
64Charlie H. Smith1968--1975rai-sdgRB370639.83.883.8241.74.1332.50.32-9.2
65Nick Pietrosante1960--1967det-cleFB357939.34.074.243.74.0634.5-0.15-9.2
66Tom Woodeshick1963--1972phi-crdRB357742.64.284.2947.84.2138.4-0.07-9.4
67Dorsey Levens1994--2004gnb-phi-nygRB565737.24.024.0740.23.8830.7-0.19-9.5
68Bill Mathis1960--1969nyjFB-HB361127.63.423.5232.83.3123-0.21-9.8
69Mike Pruitt1976--1986cle-buf-kanRB744552.13.994.0757.33.9147.4-0.15-9.9
70Cullen Bryant1973--1987ram-seaRB371125.23.863.8228.93.9518.60.13-10.3
71Wendell Tyler1977--1986ram-sfoRB695359.44.694.8463.54.4453.1-0.4-10.4
72Joe Washington1977--1985sdg-clt-was-atlRB489538.84.034.19443.8333.5-0.36-10.6
73Merril Hoge1987--1994pit-chiRB338630.83.924.0136.23.7925.2-0.23-11
74Kevan Barlow2001--2006sfo-nyjRB402046.23.894.3152.63.5641.5-0.76-11.1
75Larry Garron1960--1968nweHB-FB304431.43.94.1136.13.5324.8-0.57-11.3
76Dave Osborn1965--1976min-gnbRB471635.73.663.6539.43.7327.90.08-11.5
77Dexter Bussey1974--1984detRB512438.24.244.4545.14.0633.6-0.39-11.5
78LaMont Jordan2001--2009nyj-rai-nwe-denRB3950354.224.6741.13.7729.5-0.89-11.6
79Frank Pollard1980--1988pitRB422041.44.234.4447.13.9635.4-0.48-11.6
80Terry Kirby1993--2002mia-sfo-cle-raiRB317526.73.774.0131.73.3420-0.67-11.7
81Walt Garrison1966--1974dalRB437934.84.274.2738.14.1326.4-0.14-11.8
82Willis McGahee2004--2011buf-rav-denRB777461.24.094.2466.93.9155.1-0.33-11.8
83George Rogers1981--1987nor-wasRB745476.14.194.2981.64.0569.5-0.24-12.1
84Sam Cunningham1973--1982nweRB5563533.933.9259.13.9546.70.03-12.4
85Joseph Addai2006--2011cltRB507457.74.054.0361.44.148.80.06-12.5
86Matt Suhey1980--1989chiRB310221.73.563.7526.93.1414.3-0.61-12.5
87J.D. Smith1960--1966sfo-dalFB-HB3427493.954.156.13.8143.4-0.3-12.6
88Tom Matte1961--1972cltRB496435.23.893.9339.43.8526.7-0.08-12.7
89John Cappelletti1974--1983ram-sdgRB316228.23.563.5731.33.4118.4-0.16-12.9
90Wendell Hayes1963--1974dal-den-kanRB3966323.82437.93.624.9-0.4-13
91James Wilder1981--1990tam-detRB612451.93.824.0861.43.748.4-0.38-13
92John David Crow1960--1968crd-sfoHB-TE407639.24.224.3144.74.0131.7-0.3-13
93Rickey Young1975--1983sdg-minRB367227.83.623.85353.422-0.45-13
94Dalton Hilliard1986--1993norRB422838.83.693.7644.13.5631-0.2-13.1
95Walter Abercrombie1982--1988pit-phiRB353640.644.09473.8633.9-0.24-13.1
96Tony Nathan1979--1987miaRB399729.84.74.7934.24.4421.1-0.35-13.1
97Dick Bass1960--1969ramFB-HB545748.74.434.4355.64.4242.4-0.01-13.1
98Brian Westbrook2002--2010phi-sfoRB692653.34.574.858.34.1745-0.63-13.2
99Duce Staley1997--2006phi-pitRB624952.54.054.258.83.8145.5-0.39-13.3
100John L. Williams1986--1995sea-pitFB511132.84.024.2939.23.6525.9-0.64-13.3
101Chuck Muncie1976--1984nor-sdgRB721862.24.324.3569.74.2956.4-0.06-13.3
102Neal Anderson1986--1993chiRB644555.14.044.1660.73.8347.2-0.33-13.5
103Larry Brown1969--1976wasRB637459.63.793.7964.43.8450.90.04-13.5
104Anthony Johnson1990--2000clt-nyj-chi-car-jaxRB310124.43.643.5532.33.7418.80.19-13.5
105Lorenzo White1988--1995oti-cleRB450639.93.964.15473.7433.4-0.41-13.6
106Barry Word1987--1993nor-kan-minRB309444.84.054.1349.73.8535.8-0.28-13.9
107Sammy Morris2000--2011buf-mia-nwe-dalRB306223.64.154.4930.63.6516.5-0.84-14.1
108Roger Craig1983--1993sfo-rai-minRB903049.94.114.1554.13.9839.7-0.16-14.4
109Tony Collins1981--1990nwe-miaRB484744.53.924.2351.53.5337-0.7-14.5
110Pete Banaszak1966--1978raiRB419926.43.893.9830.63.4415.9-0.54-14.6
111Maurice Jones-Drew2006--2011jaxRB690272.74.614.6680.44.5565.7-0.11-14.6
112Essex Johnson1968--1976cin-tamRB325328.54.464.4837.34.4422.5-0.04-14.8
113James R. Jones1983--1992det-seaFB-TE365932.43.593.62423.5227-0.1-15
114Rashard Mendenhall2008--2011pitRB359766.64.124.0971.44.1856.10.09-15.3
115Rodney Hampton1990--1997nygRB709166.33.783.9373.63.5958.2-0.34-15.4
116Errict Rhett1994--2000tam-rav-cleRB414353.13.533.4961.53.58460.1-15.5
117Priest Holmes1997--2007rav-kanRB839376.34.614.6583.24.5567.7-0.1-15.6
118Leroy Kelly1964--1973cleRB769153.44.214.3159.43.9943.8-0.32-15.6
119Napoleon Kaufman1995--2000raiRB479652.14.95.39604.3644.3-1.03-15.7
120Charlie Garner1994--2004phi-sfo-rai-tamRB755949.74.654.8658.54.4742.7-0.39-15.8
121Keith Lincoln1961--1968sdg-bufFB-HB365940.74.695.2148.84.0733-1.14-15.8
122Kevin Mack1985--1993cleRB554752.83.974.13613.7845.1-0.35-15.8
123Reggie Cobb1990--1996tam-gnb-jax-nyjRB376941.43.53.7252.23.3736.4-0.35-15.8
124Correll Buckhalter2001--2010phi-denRB318428.74.474.5335.84.3220-0.21-15.9
125Mario Bates1994--2000nor-crd-detRB308333.93.63.7443.33.4627.2-0.28-16.1
126Mark van Eeghen1974--1983rai-nweRB727553.13.993.9957.93.9741.8-0.02-16.1
127Ladell Betts2002--2010was-norRB337130.14.034.1938.83.8122.6-0.39-16.2
128Ottis Anderson1979--1992crd-nygRB1070661.54.023.98694.0852.70.1-16.3
129Floyd Little1967--1975denRB6323543.853.9643.8947.6-0.02-16.4
130Otis Armstrong1973--1980denRB459445.94.334.2452.74.3936.10.15-16.6
131Ron Dayne2000--2007nyg-den-htxRB380839.73.763.66473.9730.30.31-16.7
132Ernie Green1962--1968cleHB-FB329435.44.744.71414.8824.20.17-16.7
133Tyrone Wheatley1995--2004nyg-raiRB510239.63.863.8947.53.8230.8-0.08-16.8
134Leroy Hoard1990--1999cle-rav-car-minRB419328.73.924.1336.83.5620-0.57-16.8
135Adrian Murrell1993--2003nyj-crd-was-dalRB535646.23.823.9256.73.7439.8-0.17-16.9
136Cedric Benson2005--2011chi-cinRB605663.13.83.8671.43.7854.4-0.08-17
137Terry Metcalf1973--1981crd-wasRB-WR358043.14.544.6950.94.3133.8-0.38-17.1
138Michael Pittman1998--2008crd-tam-denRB581438.84.024.24483.7630.9-0.48-17.2
139Brandon Jacobs2005--2011nygRB531048.34.434.4954.54.2936.9-0.2-17.5
140Greg Hill1994--1999kan-ram-detRB323439.94.174.21464.0628.4-0.16-17.6
141Dave Hampton1969--1976gnb-atl-phiRB453648.83.953.9259.63.9441.70.02-17.8
142Bam Morris1994--1999pit-rav-chi-kanRB405953.43.87462.13.6844.2-0.32-17.9
143Larry Kinnebrew1983--1990cin-bufRB315040.94.014.0750.43.9232.2-0.14-18.2
144Johnny Roland1966--1973crd-nygRB375039.93.693.9349.23.4131-0.51-18.2
145Mike Garrett1966--1973kan-sdgRB566752.54.144.5159.93.5741.5-0.94-18.3
146Mel Farr1967--1973detRB310349.34.134.4554.13.2935.6-1.16-18.5
147Sherman Smith1976--1983sea-sdgRB3520404.224.4551.24.0132.6-0.44-18.6
148Craig Heyward1988--1998nor-chi-atl-ram-cltRB435530.54.134.38403.7321.1-0.66-18.9
149Justin Fargas2003--2009raiFB336937.44.074.4551.13.8732.2-0.58-19
150Charles White1980--1988cle-ramRB310730.53.934.19403.5220.9-0.66-19
151Charley Tolar1960--1966otiFB338738.13.63.7747.23.3428.2-0.43-19.1
152Wayne Morris1976--1984crd-sdgRB340130.43.773.9341.53.5922.4-0.34-19.1
153Harvey Williams1991--1998kan-raiRB401537.23.853.9446.93.7227.8-0.22-19.1
154Emerson Boozer1966--1975nyjRB521945.83.973.8655.34.0436.10.18-19.2
155Garrison Hearst1993--2004crd-cin-sfo-denRB822562.84.354.4570.94.1751.6-0.28-19.2
156Don Calhoun1974--1981buf-nweRB3576384.134.39463.6326.8-0.76-19.3
157Tom Sullivan1972--1978phi-cleRB314240.33.593.6252.33.4833-0.14-19.3
158Johnny Johnson1990--1994crd-nyjRB407857.43.93.9470.23.8750.9-0.06-19.3
159Marcus Allen1982--1997rai-kanRB1359057.64.134.2565.13.8945.7-0.35-19.4
160Mike Rozier1985--1991oti-atlRB464447.93.834.0158.33.6138.9-0.4-19.4
161Rob Carpenter1977--1986oti-nyg-ramRB476938.23.723.8245.43.5226-0.3-19.4
162John Stephens1988--1993nwe-gnb-kanRB344039.53.643.652.83.6733.30.07-19.5
163Ahmad Bradshaw2007--2011nygRB369746.84.564.9253.53.7334-1.19-19.5
164Travis Henry2001--2007buf-oti-denRB608669.24.094.3280.73.961.2-0.43-19.6
165Mike Thomas1975--1980was-sdgRB431153.93.873.9760.83.641-0.37-19.8
166Thomas Jones2000--2011crd-tam-chi-nyj-kanRB1110459.43.963.9969.93.9250-0.07-19.9
167Marion Butts1989--1995sdg-nwe-otiRB532950.83.9461.33.7641.1-0.24-20.2
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169Tiki Barber1997--2006nygRB1092467.94.674.9178.44.3957.9-0.51-20.5
170Altie Taylor1969--1976det-otiRB432442.43.673.8951.73.3731.2-0.52-20.5
171Marshawn Lynch2007--2011buf-seaRB467563.24.033.9575.44.1254.40.17-21
172Marv Hubbard1969--1977rai-detRB494652.14.644.9257.23.8536.1-1.07-21
173Billy Sims1980--1984detRB523984.54.534.7495.44.2974.3-0.45-21.1
174Boobie Clark1973--1980cin-otiRB314839.83.813.8548.13.7227-0.13-21.1
175Natrone Means1993--1999sdg-jaxRB586562.43.783.971.23.5549.9-0.35-21.3
176Lamar Smith1994--2003sea-nor-mia-carRB507345.33.693.7556.43.5935-0.16-21.4
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178Ricky Williams1999--2011nor-mia-ravRB1008966.84.114.1976.8455.3-0.19-21.5
179DeAngelo Williams2006--2011carRB511063.15.075.0974.65.0553-0.04-21.6
180Ricky Bell1977--1982tam-sdgRB3264513.71463.53.4441.9-0.56-21.7
181Rocky Bleier1968--1980pitRB434535.64.064.1842.43.5720.6-0.61-21.8
182Fred Taylor1998--2010jax-nweRB1230876.44.624.8386.24.3164.4-0.52-21.9
183Ted Brown1979--1986minRB470644.44.064.24563.8234.1-0.42-21.9
184Greg Bell1984--1990buf-ram-raiRB531762.64.154.4375.53.9153.5-0.52-21.9
185Calvin Hill1969--1981dal-was-cleRB644142.74.174.2750.93.9528.9-0.32-22
186Paul Lowe1960--1969sdg-kanHB538554.44.975.2160.64.7138.4-0.5-22.2
187MacArthur Lane1968--1978crd-gnb-kanRB4712383.864.3550.43.4228.1-0.93-22.3
188Arian Foster2009--2011htxRB338293.94.764.85103.94.6381.6-0.23-22.3
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190Gerry Ellis1980--1986gnbRB3874384.584.8350.34.2827.8-0.55-22.5
191Steven Jackson2004--2011ramRB916178.34.254.5293.94.171.1-0.42-22.8
192Walter Payton1975--1987chiRB1735887.24.324.4697.14.174.2-0.36-22.9
193Antowain Smith1997--2005buf-nwe-oti-norRB743154.63.873.9653.842-0.11-23
194Ahman Green1998--2009sea-gnb-htxRB9726644.474.6273.54.1950.5-0.43-23
195Clarence Davis1971--1978raiRB4146414.454.6348.13.7725-0.86-23.1
196Marion Barber2005--2011dal-chiRB493147.94.124.3557.73.6834.6-0.67-23.1
197Ed Podolak1969--1977kanRB453645.43.864.0254.83.531.5-0.51-23.3
198Ron A. Johnson1969--1975cle-nygRB430253.83.573.8665.63.2442.2-0.61-23.4
199Ken Willard1965--1974sfo-crdRB628146.53.723.9457.33.3933.8-0.55-23.5
200Edgar Bennett1992--1999gnb-chiRB4553413.563.63513.427.4-0.23-23.6
201Cadillac Williams2005--2011tam-ramRB408749.23.814.1563.53.5139.9-0.64-23.6
202Warrick Dunn1997--2008tam-atlRB1149660.24.14.3271.43.7547.5-0.58-23.9
203Ricky Watters1992--2001sfo-phi-seaRB11309734.044.14833.8659-0.28-23.9
204John Riggins1971--1985nyj-wasRB1234867.83.93.9578.53.8153.9-0.14-24.6
205James Brooks1981--1992sdg-cin-cle-tamRB817848.44.695.18614.0736.3-1.12-24.7
206Pete Johnson1977--1984cin-sdg-miaRB587451.53.753.8962.43.4937.6-0.39-24.8
207Curtis Martin1995--2005nwe-nyjRB1489683.74.034.0995.13.9370.3-0.15-24.9
208Earnest Byner1984--1997cle-was-ravRB910042.53.993.9854.64.0129.70.02-24.9
209Joe Cribbs1980--1988buf-sfo-miaRB558053.14.074.2965.13.7540-0.54-25.1
210Tony Dorsett1977--1988dal-denRB1412274.74.364.5383.83.9858.6-0.55-25.2
211Les Josephson1964--1974ramRB343935.14.214.5343.13.1417.9-1.39-25.2
212LeSean McCoy2009--2011phiRB309664.54.754.92754.4349.8-0.49-25.2
213Franco Harris1972--1984pit-seaRB1367671.24.084.1878.53.7753.2-0.42-25.4
214John Brockington1971--1977gnb-kanRB519455.33.823.8668.23.5542.7-0.31-25.5
215Mike Alstott1996--2006tamRB542932.33.693.9444.43.1618.7-0.78-25.6
216DeShaun Foster2003--2008car-sfoRB397149.63.924.1160.33.5234.5-0.59-25.8
217William Andrews1979--1986atlRB607770.74.544.8283.94.1658.1-0.66-25.9
218Adrian Peterson2007--2011minRB702092.44.755.05105.34.4179.4-0.65-25.9
219Stephen Davis1996--2006was-car-ramRB852362.74.184.3975.33.8449.2-0.55-26.1
220Ray Rice2008--2011ravRB4821724.524.5880.64.3654.3-0.22-26.3
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222LaDainian Tomlinson2001--2011sdg-nyjRB1415278.64.284.5689.93.8263.2-0.74-26.6
223Gale Sayers1965--1971chiRB495672.955.8585.94.1658.9-1.69-27
224Freeman McNeil1981--1992nyjRB870658.84.474.51724.344.9-0.21-27.1
225Jim Otis1970--1978nor-kan-crdRB4436403.753.9153.63.4126.2-0.49-27.5
226Larry Csonka1968--1979mia-nygRB897256.84.244.4968.43.7440.4-0.74-28
227Corey Dillon1997--2006cin-nweRB1174974.44.294.6489.73.9361.5-0.72-28.2
228Lawrence McCutcheon1973--1981ram-den-sea-bufRB726563.74.294.3972.84.0144.6-0.38-28.3
229Willie Parker2004--2009pitRB584971.34.244.5480.73.5152.3-1.03-28.3
230Barry Sanders1989--1998detRB1565598.54.975.11113.74.8184.9-0.3-28.8
231Gary Brown1991--1999oti-sdg-nygRB431757.64.144.59713.4842.2-1.11-28.9
232Jerome Bettis1993--2005ram-pitRB1433670.33.93.9883.53.7654.4-0.21-29.1
233Clem Daniels1960--1968kan-rai-sfoRB513749.44.494.763.54.1634.1-0.53-29.4
234Sammy Winder1982--1990denRB588844.33.593.7255.53.2126.1-0.51-29.5
235Terry Allen1991--2001min-was-nwe-nor-ravRB883165.43.984.2279.83.6750.2-0.56-29.6
236Anthony Thomas2001--2007chi-dal-nor-bufRB392744.63.713.8161.43.5531.3-0.26-30.1
237Jim Taylor1960--1967gnb-norFB840673.14.394.4881.23.9551-0.53-30.2
238Rueben Mayes1986--1993nor-seaRB3495464.024.02624.0231.60-30.5
239Lydell Mitchell1972--1980clt-sdg-ramRB675263.13.864.0577.13.5346.5-0.52-30.6
240Earnest Jackson1983--1988sdg-phi-pitRB416755.63.934.1973.53.6742.9-0.52-30.6
241Randy McMillan1981--1986cltRB387644.63.924.8468.33.5737.6-1.27-30.6
242Eddie Lee Ivery1979--1986gnbRB302442.64.44.9557.53.6526.2-1.3-31.3
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244Mike Anderson2000--2007den-ravRB423043.24.384.5456.13.924.4-0.64-31.7
245Mercury Morris1969--1976mia-sdgRB4573425.095.2952.64.2420.7-1.05-32
246Chuck Foreman1973--1980min-nweRB681058.23.824.0269.13.3137.1-0.71-32
247Gary W. Anderson1985--1993sdg-tam-detRB340931.33.924.5252.83.3620.7-1.16-32.1
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254Frank Gore2005--2011sfoRB778876.44.634.7194.14.5361.2-0.18-32.9
255Matt Forte2008--2011chiRB438370.74.154.5285.33.5451.8-0.98-33.5
256Fred Jackson2007--2011bufRB379458.44.645.0479.24.2845.4-0.76-33.9
257Hoyle Granger1966--1972oti-norRB370153.64.444.5474.64.2740.3-0.27-34.3
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261Chris Johnson2008--2011otiRB571789.34.774.89104.94.5669.3-0.33-35.6
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267Joe Morris1982--1991nyg-cleRB613854.33.964.0470.83.7533.6-0.3-37.2
268Hewritt Dixon1963--1970den-raiRB-TE350935.84.054.23523.4314.6-0.79-37.5
269John Henry Johnson1960--1966pit-otiFB-HB460762.34.284.5583.83.9545.2-0.6-38.6
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274Jonathan Stewart2008--2011carRB351255.74.825.3679.24.1237-1.23-42.2
275Eric Dickerson1983--1993ram-clt-rai-atlRB13983924.454.74113.74.0771.4-0.66-42.2
276O.J. Simpson1969--1979buf-sfoRB11285834.675.071124.469-0.67-43
277Rudi Johnson2001--2008cin-detRB603564.93.944.0889.63.7645.4-0.32-44.1
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279Jamaal Charles2008--2011kanRB310962.26.126.9945.5347.2-1.36-46.8
280Terrell Davis1995--2001denRB8747101.74.714.85118.44.2367.1-0.62-51.3
281Jim Brown1960--1965cleFB8678103.35.265.6119.84.4468.2-1.16-51.6

One other interesting note: if you sorted the table in reverse order, you would have noticed that Jim Brown has the largest differential in rushing yards per game in wins versus losses. While part of that is due to Brown’s dominance in wins — he does have the highest average in wins — he ranks “only” 14th in yards per game in losses. His yards per carry average was over a yard lower in losses relative to wins.

This isn’t all that surprising to me, but that’s only because I remember this great post by Jason Lisk. During Brown’s era, the schedules were extremely unbalanced between the two divisions, and Brown played his entire career in a relatively weak division. As a result, if you ignore strength of schedule, the difference between Jim Brown and say, Jim Taylor, appears much larger than it probably was in reality. For what it’s worth, if you throw out Taylor’s final seasons with the Saints, his differentials drop to -0.23 in yards per carry and -20.3 in yards per game. While that wouldn’t vault him to the top of the list, it would place him roughly in the middle, as opposed to where he currently resides. Looking at wins and losses is hardly a perfect proxy for strength of schedule, but at least in Brown’s case, it does seem to reinforce Lisk’s point.

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