Yesterday, I looked at the players who threw for the most yards and touchdowns against each franchise. Today I will do the same but with rushing statistics.
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Let’s again start with a bit of trivia. Do you know which player has rushed for the most yards against any one opponent?
What about the most rushing touchdowns?
Let’s take a look at the players who have rushed for the most yards against each franchise:
Similarly, Marcus Allen and LaDainian Tomlinson split up the AFC West. Tomlinson is the career leader against both of Allen’s former teams, the Raiders and Chiefs, while Allen is the career leader against the Chargers, Broncos, and Seahawks. The only “fair” battle in that one was the for Broncos head, with Allen gaining 1,594 yards in 28 games compared to LT’s 1,540 yards in 19 games.
As was the case yesterday, these stats only go back to 1960, but it’s still cool seeing Jim Brown get on there against the Steelers. And another day brings about another weird 49ers tidbit. Yesterday, it was seeing Johnny Unitas come in at #1 against San Francisco in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. Today, it’s seeing former Packers great Jim Taylor lead with 1,333 rushing yards. Steven Jackson trails him by fewer than 100 yards, and the Falcons do travel to San Francisco in week 16 this year. Of course, Taylor’s actual number is probably a bit higher since he did play the 49ers a few times prior to 1960.
What if we look at rushing touchdowns? As I did yesterday, I used yards as the tiebreaker.
Emmitt Smith again comes in first against the Giants, Cardinals, Eagles, and Redskins. Allen and Tomlinson against split the AFC West, but this time, the Broncos fall to LT. Adrian Peterson is already #1 against the Bears.
How about Michael Turner being #1 all-time against the Panthers? Or Kordell Stewart finishing first against the Ravens? He’s tied with another Steeler, Amos Zereoue, as both had five rushing touchdowns against Baltimore. These numbers are regular season only: if you include playoffs, Zereoue vaults to #1 by himself with seven.
NFL history trivia is not boring.