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Checkdowns: Fewest rush attempts

Posted by Chase Stuart on December 31, 2009

As part of his reaction to the bizarre situation unfolding in Lubbock, Dr. Saturday noted:

Some day, when a major team does go an entire game without handing the ball off, there's a good chance it will come from the Big 12, which endured two or three rounds from Leach's attack and began converting Option Central into the most pass-happy conference in the nation as quickly as it could.

That made me wonder how close to going a full game without a rush attempt has an NFL team ever come? Here's a close-to-complete (but not necessarily exhaustive) list of all games where a team had fewer than ten carries:

tm opp year gm pf pa rsh rshyd sacked att netpyd turno
ARI MIN 2006 11 26 31 6 17 1 51 395 5
NWE PIT 2004 7 20 34 6 5 4 43 243 4
ARI MIN 2008 14 14 35 7 43 4 50 273 2
DET MIN 2007 12 10 42 7 23 4 35 230 1
GNB MIA 1994 2 14 24 7 38 4 51 345 2
SEA RAI 1991 11 7 31 7 23 7 38 162 1
HOU NYG 1985 14 14 35 7 22 3 48 298 3
OAK BUF 1963 5 0 12 7 24 7 37 119 3
DET ARI 2007 9 21 31 8 -18 4 45 265 5
STL CAR 2006 10 0 15 8 31 7 34 80 2
NYJ DEN 2005 10 0 27 8 19 3 32 176 5
STL SFO 2003 8 10 30 8 9 5 42 331 3
ATL DET 1993 1 13 30 8 21 6 50 216 3
DET SFO 1991 7 3 35 8 24 0 27 183 2
BUF STL 1984 2 7 37 8 54 4 32 117 3
DEN OAK 1960 14 10 48 8 33 4 42 173 5
NWE PIT 2007 13 34 13 9 22 0 46 399 0
DET SDG 2007 14 14 51 9 26 0 47 302 6
PHI DAL 2005 5 10 33 9 19 4 30 110 0
PHI PIT 2004 8 3 27 9 23 4 24 90 1
OAK KAN 2004 12 27 34 9 31 3 41 333 0
NYJ NWE 2002 2 7 44 9 32 5 33 168 2
KAN OAK 2000 9 31 49 9 39 4 53 474 3
NOR DEN 2000 13 23 38 9 21 3 48 425 3
CLE DEN 2000 7 10 44 9 38 5 45 240 3
CLE PIT 1999 1 0 43 9 9 3 16 31 4
NWE DEN 1996 11 8 34 9 17 2 42 201 1
ATL WAS 1989 15 30 31 9 28 3 44 346 2
SEA WAS 1989 16 0 29 9 25 4 29 176 4
TAM MIN 1987 9 17 23 9 15 4 37 244 4
MIA SDG 1986 1 28 50 9 45 4 42 294 4
PHI NYG 1983 12 0 23 9 10 4 27 69 1
NOR STL 1980 5 7 40 9 15 0 22 65 3
HOU CIN 1976 7 7 27 9 28 6 42 148 4
NYJ BUF 1966 8 23 33 9 5 2 53 323 6

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