NFL Rushing Attempts Single Game Leaders

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Leaders Table
Rank Player Att Tm Boxscore
1Jamie Morris45WASWashington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, December 17, 1988
2James Wilder43TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers, September 30, 1984
Rudi Johnson43CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, November 9, 2003
Butch Woolfolk43NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 20, 1983
5James Wilder42TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, October 30, 1983
Ricky Williams42MIAMiami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, September 21, 2003
Terrell Davis+42DENDenver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills, October 26, 1997
8Rodney Hampton41NYGNew York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams, September 19, 1993
Gerald Riggs41ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams, November 17, 1985
Franco Harris+41PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, October 17, 1976
11Adrian Murrell40NYJNew York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals, September 28, 1997
Shaun Alexander40SEASeattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers, November 27, 2006
Walter Payton+40CHIChicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, November 20, 1977
Errict Rhett40TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins, December 4, 1994
Ricky Williams40NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Cleveland Browns, October 31, 1999
Lydell Mitchell40BALBaltimore Colts vs. New York Jets, October 20, 1974
Lamar Smith40MIAMiami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts, December 30, 2000
Curtis Martin+40NWENew England Patriots vs. New York Jets, September 14, 1997
Barry Sanders+40DETDetroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys, September 19, 1994
Johnny Hector40NYJNew York Jets vs. New England Patriots, October 12, 1986
21Jerome Harrison39CLECleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders, December 27, 2009
O.J. Simpson+39BUFBuffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, October 29, 1973
LaDainian Tomlinson+39SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders, October 20, 2002
Earnest Byner39WASWashington Redskins vs. New England Patriots, December 15, 1990
Earl Campbell+39HOUHouston Oilers vs. Seattle Seahawks, October 11, 1981
Ricky Bell39TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, December 16, 1979
Larry Johnson39KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks, October 29, 2006
Marion Butts39SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, December 17, 1989
Jerome Bettis+39RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, January 2, 1994
Walter Payton+39CHIChicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills, October 7, 1979
Terdell Middleton39GNBGreen Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, November 26, 1978
Gerald Riggs39ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, December 22, 1985
Corey Dillon39CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Oilers, December 4, 1997
34Clinton Portis38DENDenver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns, December 14, 2003
Jim Nance38BOSBoston Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders, October 30, 1966
Eric Dickerson+38RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. St. Louis Cardinals, September 7, 1986
Curtis Martin+38NYJNew York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals, November 7, 1999
Edgerrin James38INDIndianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks, October 15, 2000
Christian Okoye38KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers, December 10, 1989
Reuben Droughns38DENDenver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders, October 17, 2004
Jamie Morris38WASWashington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 12, 1989
John Riggins+38WASWashington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins, January 30, 1983
Pete Johnson38CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, December 4, 1983
Lee Suggs38CLECleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins, December 26, 2004
Le'Veon Bell38PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, December 11, 2016
Walter Payton+38CHIChicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys, November 26, 1981
Earl Campbell+38HOUHouston Oilers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, October 12, 1980
Stephen Davis38WASWashington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals, January 6, 2002
Ricky Bell38TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 29, 1979
Ricky Williams38NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, October 15, 2000
Cedric Benson38CINCincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns, December 21, 2008
Joe Montgomery38NYGNew York Giants vs. New York Jets, December 5, 1999
Harry Newman38NYGNew York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, November 11, 1934
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