99 Stats Until Kickoff: (#33) St. Louis Rams continue streak of 1,000-yard rushers

Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson (Photo credit: Darin House)

From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

Over the past 13 seasons (since 2000), it seems that about half of the National Football League teams end the season with a 1,000-yard runner. The 2012 NFL season was no different.

Last season, 16 teams had a 1,000-yard rusher. The 16 1,000-yard rushers was the third lowest number since 1999 when 14 runners gained 1,000 or more yards rushing. Most 1,000-yard rushers since 2000? In 2006 there were 23.

The St. Louis Rams, led by Steven Jackson, lead the NFL with eight straight seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher. The Tennessee Titans have a streak of seven straight seasons, with Chris Johnson reaching that mark in the past five seasons and a pair of runners accomplishing that mark in two previous years.

A pair of teams last season had their first 1,000-yard rusher in a couple of years; the Washington Redskins had a 1,000-yard rusher in rookie Alfred Morris, the first runner to reach that mark for the Redskins in a season since Clinton Portis did it in 2008. The Buffalo Bills in 2012 had a 1,000-yard rusher in C.J. Spilller; the last Bills runner to accomplish that feat was Fred Jackson in 2009.

Following are the NFL teams that have had a 1,000-yard rusher for three or more consecutive seasons (active).

Year streak, Team (rushers)
8: St. Louis Rams (Steven Jackson 2005-2012)
7: Tennessee (Chris Johnson 2008-2012, LenDale White 2007, Travis Henry 2006)
4: Baltimore (Ray Rice 2009-2012)
4: Cincinnati (Cedric Benson 2009-2011, BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2012)
3: Houston (Arian Foster 2010-2012)

At the other end of the spectrum are the six teams that have not had a 1,000-yard rusher in the past three seasons… and beyond. The Detroit Lions top this category; they have not had a 1,000-yard runner since 2004.

Following are the teams that have the longest current drought of 1,000-yard rushers.

Last year with 1,000-yard rusher, Team (last 1,000-yard runner)
2004: Detroit (Kevin Jones)
2006: Dallas (Julius Jones)
2006: New Orleans (Deuce McAllister)
2007: Indianapolis (Joseph Addai)
2009: Carolina (Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams)
2009: Green Bay (Ryan Grant)

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