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Posted by Chase Stuart on October 30, 2010

With a full slate of games scheduled on Halloween this year, I thought it would be a good time to look back and note some of the best performances on October 31st over the past 50 years. First, the top 50 quarterbacks, measured by adjusted yards per attempt:

Name Year Team Opp W/L Score Cmp Att Yd TD INT AY/A Rsh Rshyd Rshtd
Earl Morrall 1971 BAL PIT W 34-21 11 19 286 3 0 18.2 0 0 0
Drew Bledsoe 1999 NWE ARI W 27-3 14 22 276 4 0 16.2 0 0 0
Scott Hunter 1976 ATL NOR W 23-20 10 11 138 2 0 16.2 2 3 0
Elvis Grbac 1999 KAN SDG W 34-0 11 15 194 2 0 15.6 1 -1 0
Drew Brees 2004 SDG OAK W 42-14 22 25 281 5 0 15.2 2 21 0
John Hadl 1971 SDG NYJ W 49-21 19 27 358 4 1 14.6 3 38 1
Chris Chandler 1988 IND DEN W 55-23 10 13 167 1 0 14.4 3 8 0
Tim Couch 1999 CLE NOR W 21-16 11 19 193 3 0 13.3 2 5 0
Greg Landry 1976 DET GNB W 27-6 12 19 211 2 0 13.2 2 11 0
Trent Green 2004 KAN IND W 45-35 27 34 389 3 0 13.2 3 -3 0
Bob Griese 1971 MIA RAM W 20-14 13 19 209 2 0 13.1 3 17 0
Scott Mitchell 1993 MIA KAN W 30-10 22 33 344 3 0 12.2 3 12 0
Michael Vick 2004 ATL DEN W 41-28 18 24 252 2 0 12.2 12 115 0
Peyton Manning 2004 IND KAN L 35-45 25 44 472 5 1 12.0 0 0 0
Johnny Unitas 1965 BAL SFO W 34-28 23 34 324 4 0 11.9 1 7 0
John Brodie 1965 SFO BAL L 28-34 20 28 289 2 0 11.8 2 13 0
Jeff Hostetler 1993 RAI SDG L 23-30 20 32 424 2 2 11.7 5 9 0
Chris Chandler 1999 ATL CAR W 27-20 14 21 201 2 0 11.5 1 -1 0
Gary Kubiak 1988 DEN IND L 23-55 12 16 138 2 0 11.1 4 21 0
Craig Erickson 1993 TAM ATL W 31-24 18 28 318 4 2 11.0 3 8 0
Fran Tarkenton 1965 MIN CLE W 27-17 17 27 234 2 0 10.1 2 -9 0
Norm Snead 1965 PHI WAS L 21-23 11 19 196 2 1 10.1 1 7 0
James Harris 1976 RAM SEA W 45-6 14 25 208 2 0 9.9 0 0 0
George Izo 1965 DET RAM W 31-7 9 19 168 1 0 9.9 0 0 0
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 PIT NWE W 34-20 18 24 196 2 0 9.8 5 3 0
Peyton Manning 1999 IND DAL W 34-24 22 34 313 1 0 9.8 0 0 0
Brad Johnson 1999 WAS CHI W 48-22 15 25 204 2 0 9.8 1 1 1
Mark Brunell 1999 JAX CIN W 41-10 11 19 145 2 0 9.7 2 11 0
Jim Hart 1976 STL SFO W 23-20 16 31 271 3 1 9.2 0 0 0
Jeff George 1999 MIN DEN W 23-20 17 29 218 2 0 8.9 1 0 0
David Carr 2004 HOU JAX W 20-6 26 34 276 1 0 8.7 3 15 0
Jim Hart 1977 STL NYG W 28-0 9 13 113 0 0 8.7 0 0 0
Roman Gabriel 1971 RAM MIA L 14-20 23 35 277 1 0 8.5 0 0 0
Kurt Warner 1999 STL TEN L 21-24 29 46 328 3 0 8.4 2 22 0
Sonny Jurgensen 1965 WAS PHI W 23-21 23 35 293 2 1 8.2 3 -10 0
Bill Nelsen 1965 PIT DAL W 22-13 18 35 272 3 1 8.2 2 7 0
Dick Wood 1964 NYJ BOS W 35-14 22 36 325 3 2 8.2 0 0 0
Jake Plummer 2004 DEN ATL L 28-41 31 55 499 4 3 8.1 2 5 0
Jim Harbaugh 1993 CHI GNB L 3-17 15 19 149 0 0 7.8 3 26 0
Jim Hart 1971 STL BUF W 28-23 15 27 171 2 0 7.8 4 2 0
Joey Harrington 2004 DET DAL L 21-31 19 32 255 2 1 7.8 1 -1 0
Steve Young 1993 SFO RAM W 40-17 22 34 245 1 0 7.8 7 57 0
Steve McNair 1999 TEN STL W 24-21 13 29 186 2 0 7.8 12 36 1
Jeff George 1993 IND NWE W 9-6 18 26 200 0 0 7.7 4 -2 0
Dave Krieg 1993 KAN MIA L 10-30 12 19 126 1 0 7.7 1 20 0
Craig Morton 1976 NYG PHI L 0-10 17 28 215 0 0 7.7 2 5 0
Jeff Blake 1999 CIN JAX L 10-41 13 23 155 1 0 7.6 2 10 0
Boomer Esiason 1993 NYJ NYG W 10-6 12 17 129 0 0 7.6 3 15 0
John Friesz 1993 SDG RAI W 30-23 13 25 162 1 0 7.3 2 0 0
Rodney Peete 1993 DET MIN W 30-27 20 28 273 1 2 7.3 8 13 0

The 66 running backs with at least 100 yards from scrimmage:

Name Year Team Opp W/L Score Rsh RshYd RshTD YPC Long Rec RecYd RecTD Long YFS
Emmitt Smith 1993 DAL PHI W 23-10 30 237 1 7.9 62 0 0.0 0 0 237
Priest Holmes 2004 KAN IND W 45-35 32 143 3 4.5 21 3 82.0 0 52 225
Edgerrin James 1999 IND DAL W 34-24 27 117 1 4.3 37 7 92.0 0 54 209
Shaun Alexander 2004 SEA CAR W 23-17 32 195 1 6.1 44 3 13.0 1 8 208
Delvin Williams 1976 SFO STL L 20-23 34 194 3 5.7 23 1 8.0 0 8 202
Ricky Williams 1999 NOR CLE L 16-21 40 179 0 4.5 19 3 8.0 0 4 187
Bill Triplett 1965 STL NYG L 10-14 23 176 1 7.7 0 1 8.0 0 0 184
Bill Brown 1965 MIN CLE W 27-17 26 138 1 5.3 0 5 46.0 1 0 184
Marshall Faulk 1999 STL TEN L 21-24 16 90 0 5.6 14 6 94.0 1 57 184
Chris Brown 2004 TEN CIN W 27-20 32 147 1 4.6 19 4 23.0 0 9 170
Stephen Davis 1999 WAS CHI W 48-22 12 143 2 11.9 76 2 26.0 0 18 169
Larry Brown 1971 WAS NOR W 24-14 20 113 0 5.7 0 3 56.0 1 0 169
O.J. Simpson 1976 BUF NYJ L 14-19 29 166 0 5.7 40 0 0.0 0 0 166
Eric Dickerson 1988 IND DEN W 55-23 21 159 4 7.6 41 0 0.0 0 0 159
John David Crow 1965 SFO BAL L 28-34 11 55 0 5.0 0 4 101.0 1 0 156
Greg Pruitt 1976 CLE CIN L 6-21 18 124 0 6.9 23 4 28.0 0 8 152
Gale Sayers 1966 CHI STL L 17-24 19 68 0 3.6 0 1 80.0 1 0 148
Jim Kiick 1971 MIA RAM W 20-14 15 66 0 4.4 0 8 79.0 0 0 145
Anthony Thomas 2004 CHI SFO W 23-13 25 98 0 3.9 28 4 46.0 0 30 144
Ahman Green 2004 GNB WAS W 28-14 24 70 2 2.9 17 4 73.0 0 48 143
Ode Burrell 1965 HOU BUF W 19-17 10 72 0 7.2 0 5 66.0 1 0 138
Tommy Mason 1965 MIN CLE W 27-17 12 66 0 5.5 0 1 72.0 1 0 138
Robert Smith 1993 MIN DET L 27-30 23 115 1 5.0 22 4 20.0 0 9 135
Clark Gaines 1976 NYJ BUF W 19-14 24 119 0 5.0 13 2 14.0 0 11 133
Boobie Clark 1976 CIN CLE W 21-6 21 100 2 4.8 24 5 32.0 0 10 132
Fred Taylor 1999 JAX CIN W 41-10 15 128 1 8.5 52 1 3.0 0 3 131
Floyd Little 1971 DEN PHI L 16-17 24 123 1 5.1 0 3 8.0 0 0 131
Duce Staley 1999 PHI NYG L 17-23 26 97 1 3.7 21 3 32.0 0 16 129
Reggie Harrison 1976 PIT SDG W 23-0 13 108 0 8.3 27 2 19.0 0 10 127
Terry Allen 1999 NWE ARI W 27-3 21 88 0 4.2 17 1 38.0 0 38 126
Duce Staley 2004 PIT NWE W 34-20 25 125 0 5.0 11 0 0.0 0 0 125
Edgerrin James 2004 IND KAN L 35-45 10 34 0 3.4 9 6 90.0 0 56 124
Greg Hill 1999 DET TAM W 20-3 16 123 0 7.7 45 0 0.0 0 0 123
Benny Malone 1976 MIA NWE W 10-3 21 119 0 5.7 17 0 0.0 0 0 119
Edgar Bennett 1994 GNB CHI W 33-6 26 105 2 4.0 21 1 13.0 1 13 118
Dan Lewis 1965 WAS PHI W 23-21 14 53 0 3.8 0 5 65.0 0 0 118
Jim Otis 1976 STL SFO W 23-20 23 109 0 4.7 23 1 7.0 0 7 116
Greg Robinson 1993 RAI SDG L 23-30 13 53 0 4.1 12 2 63.0 0 58 116
Doug Kotar 1976 NYG PHI L 0-10 15 77 0 5.1 20 3 37.0 0 17 114
Eddie George 2004 DAL DET W 31-21 31 99 0 3.2 21 2 14.0 0 8 113
Ron A. Johnson 1971 NYG MIN L 10-17 20 89 0 4.5 0 4 23.0 0 0 112
Reuben Droughns 2004 DEN ATL L 28-41 15 49 0 3.3 20 6 63.0 0 18 112
Haskel Stanback 1976 ATL NOR W 23-20 17 41 1 2.4 9 6 71.0 1 28 112
Willis McGahee 2004 BUF ARI W 38-14 30 102 2 3.4 24 1 9.0 0 9 111
Tiki Barber 2004 NYG MIN W 34-13 24 101 2 4.2 13 1 10.0 0 10 111
Rod Bernstine 1993 DEN SEA W 28-17 18 64 0 3.6 9 6 47.0 0 17 111
Warrick Dunn 1999 TAM DET L 3-20 9 33 0 3.7 14 11 77.0 0 12 110
Willie Ellison 1971 RAM MIA L 14-20 17 56 0 3.3 0 7 53.0 0 0 109
Chuck Muncie 1983 SDG WAS L 24-27 16 83 1 5.2 21 4 25.0 0 11 108
Barry Sanders 1993 DET MIN W 30-27 14 64 0 4.6 42 8 44.0 0 9 108
Mike Montgomery 1971 SDG NYJ W 49-21 8 36 1 4.5 0 4 72.0 1 0 108
Wayne Morris 1977 STL NYG W 28-0 17 68 0 4.0 21 2 39.0 0 34 107
Chuck Foreman 1976 MIN CHI L 13-14 17 35 0 2.1 8 8 72.0 0 24 107
Steve Sewell 1988 DEN IND L 23-55 1 25 0 25.0 25 6 82.0 2 48 107
Tucker Frederickson 1965 NYG STL W 14-10 18 95 1 5.3 0 1 11.0 0 0 106
Roosevelt Potts 1993 IND NWE W 9-6 23 86 0 3.7 9 4 20.0 0 9 106
Sam Cunningham 1976 NWE MIA L 3-10 14 79 0 5.6 16 3 25.0 0 14 104
Dexter Bussey 1976 DET GNB W 27-6 20 93 0 4.7 20 1 10.0 0 10 103
J.J. Johnson 1999 MIA OAK W 16-9 21 86 0 4.1 19 1 17.0 0 17 103
Eddie George 1999 TEN STL W 24-21 17 68 0 4.0 19 3 35.0 1 17 103
Cleo Miller 1976 CLE CIN L 6-21 11 57 0 5.2 20 2 46.0 0 38 103
Carl Garrett 1971 NWE SFO L 10-27 13 96 0 7.4 0 1 6.0 0 0 102
Ken Oxendine 1999 ATL CAR W 27-20 17 64 1 3.8 13 2 38.0 0 32 102
Otis Armstrong 1976 DEN OAK L 6-19 14 63 0 4.5 21 4 38.0 0 16 101
Ronnie Harmon 1993 SDG RAI W 30-23 3 12 0 4.0 8 5 89.0 0 37 101

All wide receivers and tight ends with either 6 catches or 100 receiving yards:

Name Year Team Opp W/L Score Rec RecYd RecTD Long
Rod Smith 2004 DEN ATL L 28-41 9 208 1 80
Ray Jarvis 1976 DET GNB W 27-6 6 163 2 74
Gary Garrison 1971 SDG NYJ W 49-21 6 162 1 0
Marcus Robinson 1999 CHI WAS L 22-48 9 161 2 52
Gene A. Washington 1971 SFO NWE W 27-10 5 160 1 0
Tim Brown 1993 RAI SDG L 23-30 5 156 2 71
Gino Cappelletti 1964 BOS NYJ L 14-35 7 147 1 0
Andre Rison 1993 ATL TAM L 24-31 11 147 2 53
Cris Carter 1999 MIN DEN W 23-20 8 144 2 37
Bake Turner 1964 NYJ BOS W 35-14 11 143 2 0
Fred Biletnikoff 1971 OAK KAN T 20-20 7 128 1 0
Tony Gonzalez 2004 KAN IND W 45-35 8 125 2 32
Ray Perkins 1971 BAL PIT W 34-21 2 124 1 0
Gary Ballman 1965 PIT DAL W 22-13 3 120 2 0
Marvin Harrison 2004 IND KAN L 35-45 5 119 2 52
Torrance Small 1999 PHI NYG L 17-23 4 119 1 84
Reggie Wayne 2004 IND KAN L 35-45 6 119 2 41
Jimmy Smith 2004 JAX HOU L 6-20 9 117 0 28
Rod Smith 1999 DEN MIN L 20-23 7 117 0 30
Isaac Curtis 1976 CIN CLE W 21-6 6 116 1 69
Gary Collins 1965 CLE MIN L 17-27 4 116 0 0
Mel Gray 1976 STL SFO W 23-20 3 115 1 77
Derrick Alexander 1999 KAN SDG W 34-0 2 113 1 81
Tim Brown 1999 OAK MIA L 9-16 7 113 0 32
Shawn Jefferson 1999 NWE ARI W 27-3 3 113 2 64
Herman Moore 1993 DET MIN W 30-27 3 113 1 93
Marlin McKeever 1965 RAM DET L 7-31 5 111 1 0
Don Maynard 1964 NYJ BOS W 35-14 6 109 1 0
Paul Warfield 1971 MIA RAM W 20-14 3 108 1 0
Bill Brooks 1988 IND DEN W 55-23 3 108 1 53
Ben Coates 1993 NWE IND L 6-9 6 108 0 45
Jack Snow 1971 RAM MIA L 14-20 5 107 1 0
Muhsin Muhammad 2004 CAR SEA L 17-23 8 106 2 35
Art Monk 1983 WAS SDG W 27-24 7 106 0 25
Don Norton 1965 SDG BOS L 6-22 5 106 0 0
Horace Copeland 1993 TAM ATL W 31-24 2 104 2 60
Cliff Branch 1976 OAK DEN W 19-6 3 103 0 52
Wes Chandler 1983 SDG WAS L 24-27 4 103 1 39
Mark Ingram 1993 MIA KAN W 30-10 4 103 1 77
Jim Robinson 1976 NYG PHI L 0-10 8 102 0 26
David Givens 2004 NWE PIT L 20-34 8 101 2 23
Terrell Owens 2004 PHI BAL W 15-10 8 101 1 24
Charlie Brown 1983 WAS SDG W 27-24 8 101 0 18
Keary Colbert 2004 CAR SEA L 17-23 4 100 0 63
Willie Richardson 1971 BAL PIT W 34-21 4 100 2 0
Frank Clarke 1965 DAL PIT L 13-22 6 97 0 0
Jacquez Green 1999 TAM DET L 3-20 7 96 0 38
Ashley Lelie 2004 DEN ATL L 28-41 6 94 1 35
Bo Roberson 1965 BUF HOU L 17-19 6 94 0 0
Derrick Mason 2005 BAL PIT L 19-20 7 91 0 31
Eric Parker 2004 SDG OAK W 42-14 6 91 0 22
Bobby Joe Conrad 1965 STL NYG L 10-14 7 90 0 0
Jimmy Smith 1999 JAX CIN W 41-10 8 89 1 23
Cris Carter 1993 MIN DET L 27-30 9 88 1 21
Brian Blades 1993 SEA DEN L 17-28 7 87 0 28
Darius Watts 2004 DEN ATL L 28-41 7 86 1 25
Alge Crumpler 2004 ATL DEN W 41-28 7 86 0 27
Anthony Carter 1993 MIN DET L 27-30 8 86 1 18
Marvin Harrison 1999 IND DAL W 34-24 6 85 1 40
Derrick Mason 2004 TEN CIN W 27-20 8 85 0 18
Laveranues Coles 2004 WAS GNB L 14-28 7 84 0 17
Charles Johnson 1999 PHI NYG L 17-23 8 84 0 25
Jason Witten 2004 DAL DET W 31-21 9 84 1 17
Preston Carpenter 1965 WAS PHI W 23-21 8 83 0 0
Travis Taylor 2004 BAL PHI L 10-15 6 80 0 23
Vance Johnson 1988 DEN IND L 23-55 7 79 1 23
Ron Shanklin 1971 PIT BAL L 21-34 6 77 1 0
Andre Reed 1999 BUF BAL W 13-10 7 76 0 16
Mark Jackson 1993 NYG NYJ L 6-10 6 76 0 22
Hines Ward 2005 PIT BAL W 20-19 8 75 0 15
Sterling Sharpe 1993 GNB CHI W 17-3 7 75 1 21
Andre Johnson 2004 HOU JAX W 20-6 9 74 0 26
Dave Casper 1976 OAK DEN W 19-6 7 73 0 18
Darrell Jackson 2004 SEA CAR W 23-17 6 71 0 22
Chad Ochocinco 2004 CIN TEN L 20-27 6 67 0 18
Bobby Engram 1999 CHI WAS L 22-48 7 65 0 21
Paul Flatley 1965 MIN CLE W 27-17 6 65 0 0
Vance Johnson 1993 DEN SEA W 28-17 7 64 1 20
Jerry Rice 1993 SFO RAM W 40-17 6 63 0 18
Hines Ward 2004 PIT NWE W 34-20 6 58 0 21
Bob Chandler 1976 BUF NYJ L 14-19 7 58 2 16
Max McGee 1965 GNB CHI L 10-31 6 58 0 0
Bob Tucker 1971 NYG MIN L 10-17 6 55 0 0
Isaac Bruce 1999 STL TEN L 21-24 6 53 1 21
Michael Haynes 1993 ATL TAM L 24-31 7 49 0 12
Antwaan Randle El 2004 PIT NWE W 34-20 6 44 0 20
Nate Burleson 2004 MIN NYG L 13-34 6 43 1 15
Ricky Nattiel 1988 DEN IND L 23-55 6 42 0 11
Pete Mitchell 1999 NYG PHI W 23-17 6 41 1 16

Finally, all defensive players with at least 1.5 combined interceptions and sacks (since 1982):

Name year Team Opp W/L Score INT INYds INT-TD Sk
Bill Baird 1964 NYJ BOS W 35-14 3 27 0 0
W.K. Hicks 1965 HOU BUF W 19-17 3 50 0 0
Mark H. Murphy 1983 WAS SDG W 27-24 3 65 0 0
Bryce Paup 1994 GNB CHI W 33-6 2 37 0 1
Larry Wilson 1966 STL CHI W 24-17 3 46 1 0
Joey Porter 2004 PIT NWE W 34-20 0 0 0 3
Darrell Russell 1999 OAK MIA L 9-16 0 0 0 3
Chuck Smith 1999 ATL CAR W 27-20 0 0 0 3
Renaldo Turnbull 1993 NOR PHO W 20-17 0 0 0 3
Troy Wilson 1993 SFO RAM W 40-17 0 0 0 3
Bill Bradley 1971 PHI DEN W 17-16 2 0 0 0
Lemar Parrish 1971 CIN HOU L 6-10 2 40 0 0
Jessie Armstead 1999 NYG PHI W 23-17 1 4 0 1
Gene Atkins 1993 NOR PHO W 20-17 1 37 0 1
Aaron Beasley 1999 JAX CIN W 41-10 1 39 0 1
Dre' Bly 2004 DET DAL L 21-31 2 85 1 0
LeRoy Butler 1993 GNB CHI W 17-3 1 0 0 1
Chris Doleman 1993 MIN DET L 27-30 1 -3 0 1
Don Hansen 1971 ATL CLE W 31-14 2 52 1 0
James Hunter 1976 DET GNB W 27-6 2 14 0 0
John Johnson 1993 SFO RAM W 40-17 1 0 0 1
Dick LeBeau 1965 DET RAM W 31-7 2 10 0 0
Ken Riley 1971 CIN HOU L 6-10 2 21 0 0
Clarence R. Scott 1976 CLE CIN L 6-21 2 5 0 0
Shawn Springs 2004 WAS GNB L 14-28 2 57 0 0
Matt Stevens 1999 WAS CHI W 48-22 2 25 0 0
Derrick Thomas 1999 KAN SDG W 34-0 1 20 0 1
Dan Wilkinson 1999 WAS CHI W 48-22 1 88 1 1
Trace Armstrong 1999 MIA OAK W 16-9 0 0 0 2
Chad Bratzke 1999 IND DAL W 34-24 0 0 0 2
Chris Doleman 1999 MIN DEN W 23-20 0 0 0 2
Shane Dronett 1993 DEN SEA W 28-17 0 0 0 2
Shane Dronett 1999 ATL CAR W 27-20 0 0 0 2
Andy Harmon 1993 PHI DAL L 10-23 0 0 0 2
Eric Hicks 1999 KAN SDG W 34-0 0 0 0 2
Lance Johnstone 2004 MIN NYG L 13-34 0 0 0 2
Mike D. Jones 1993 PHO NOR L 17-20 0 0 0 2
Jevon Kearse 2004 PHI BAL W 15-10 0 0 0 2
Simeon Rice 1999 ARI NWE L 3-27 0 0 0 2
Tracy Scroggins 1999 DET TAM W 20-3 0 0 0 2
Brian Urlacher 2004 CHI SFO W 23-13 0 0 0 2
Reggie White 1993 GNB CHI W 17-3 0 0 0 2
Bryant Young 2004 SFO CHI L 13-23 0 0 0 2
Marco Coleman 1999 WAS CHI W 48-22 0 0 0 1.5
Josh Evans 1999 TEN STL W 24-21 0 0 0 1.5
Burt Grossman 1993 SDG RAI W 30-23 0 0 0 1.5
Greg Jefferson 1999 PHI NYG L 17-23 0 0 0 1.5
Jamie Winborn 2004 SFO CHI L 13-23 0 0 0 1.5

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