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Random wildcard round fact

Posted by Doug on January 10, 2008

Thanks to a reader named Vishal for this email:

Just a general question for perhaps a blog topic. I noticed that not one player over wildcard weekend had more than 70 yards rushing. A few of the teams went over 100 total, but was it anomolous to not see one player post a higher total than 70, especially when you consider than 7 of the top 12 running teams in terms of rush yards per game were in action? Was wondering if we've seen any playoff weekends like this.

Answer:

No, we haven't seen any playoff weekends like this. At least not any with weekends with four games.

I checked all wildcard and divisional weekends from 1990 onwards and all divisional weekends from 1970--1989. That should cover all the four-game weekends, right? Shown here are the only instances where the week's top rusher failed to crack 100 yards.

+------------------------+------+------------+-------+
| Top_Rusher_of_the_week | year | round      | rshyd |
+------------------------+------+------------+-------+
| LenDale White          | 2007 | Wildcard   |    69 |
| Edgar Bennett          | 1994 | Wildcard   |    70 |
| Thomas Jones           | 2005 | Divisional |    80 |
| Chuck Muncie           | 1980 | Divisional |    80 |
| Tomlinson / A Green    | 2004 | Wildcard   |    80 |
| Eddie George           | 2000 | Divisional |    91 |
| Charlie Garner         | 2002 | Divisional |    93 |
| Ahman Green            | 2001 | Divisional |    94 |
+------------------------+------+------------+-------+