Sunday, December 12, 2010
Jones-Drew good, but Jennings historic
Maurice Jones-Drew has gotten his share of attention from this blog before, and Sunday, he gave us every reason to write him up again, after his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game and late game-winning score gave the Jacksonville Jaguars a 38-31 win over the Oakland Raiders.
But a teammate of Jones-Drew’s actually did something more statistically impressive, via a check on Pro-Football-Reference.com. Rashad Jennings became the sixth player in the last 50 years to average at least 20 yards per rush in a single game (minimum five carries). He finished with 109 yards on five carries.
Jennings had a 74-yard touchdown run, which is by far the Jaguars' longest touchdown run this season. The winning score by Jones-Drew, from 30 yards out, ranks second. Jennings’ run ties for the fifth-longest touchdown run in Jaguars history. It also was the only time in 12 plays against a nickel or dime defense (five or more defensive backs) that the Jaguars elected to run the football.
It was the third time in Jaguars history that they had a pair of players rush for 100 yards in the same game. In both of the other instances, the combination was Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor.
Those two backs weren’t the only ones to have good games in the early afternoon.
• In the same game that the two Jaguars starred, Raiders running back Darren McFadden had a pair of touchdowns of 50 yards or more (a 67-yard reception and a 51-yard rush). He’s the fourth player in Raiders history with a pair of 50-yard touchdowns in the same game, the first since Napoleon Kauffman in 1997. Video review showed McFadden rushed for an impressive 57 yards on five carries when the Jaguars had eight men in the box to defend against the run.
• Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner also came through with a huge day for his team. He tied Gerald Riggs’ Falcons record with his ninth multi-touchdown game, in a win over the Carolina Panthers. Turner has four games with at least three rushing touchdowns since 2008, the most by any NFL player in that span.
• Though the Redskins botched a game-tying attempt to tie the Buccaneers, it was still a big day statistically for running back Ryan Torain. He finished with 172 yards, 121 coming in the first quarter. That’s the most in the first quarter by a running back since Marshall Faulk had 143 for the Rams in 2001.