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Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs on the ground and in the air

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English: Jamaal Charles, a player on the Kansa...

Jamaal Charles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among the reasons for the improved play of the 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs this year has been running back Jamaal Charles. The sixth-year running back from Texas has been a go-to player for the K.C. offense. He has accumulated over 100 yards in offense via running and receiving in each of those first four games.

Looking at Charles’ stat line, you will see that he has now had 15 or more carries and five-plus receptions in each of the last three Kansas City victories. He is one of nine players this season who has had 15-plus carries and five-plus receptions for his team in a game. Houston‘s Arian Foster has reached the 15-5 mark twice this season.

Here’s a look at the running backs with the most 15-carry-5 reception games since 2010.

Ray Rice, Baltimore, 17 games
Arian Foster, Houston, 15 games
Matt Forte, Chicago, 7 games
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 7 games
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia, 6 games
Frank Gore, San Francisco, 5 games
Peyton Hollis, Cleveland, 5 games
Fred Jackson, Buffalo, 5 games
Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 5 games

If we take those numbers a little higher, say 20 carries and 10 receptions in a game, the list of running backs who have reached this stat line is very limited; in fact, a running back with 20-plus carries and 10-plus receptions in a game has happened only 30 times since 1970 (AFL-NFL merger). It did, however, already happen here in 2013: Chicago’s Matt Forte on September 15th against Minnesota had 20 carries for 88 yards and 10 receptions for 73 yards in the Bears’ 31-30 win over the Vikings. Prior to that, the last 20-10 running back was in 2008 when Marshawn Lynch had 23 carries and 10 receptions for the Seattle Seahawks. Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads league with five 20-carry-10-reception games in his career.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#52) Run or pass from the one-yardline?

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.)

Arian Foster dives over the pile to score.

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Imagine your favorite NFL team is on the one-yard line and is ready to punch it in for a score. Does your team run for that tough yard or do they implement some sort of play action and pass for those precious three feet?

Last season in the NFL, there were 195 offensive touchdowns of one yard during the regular season. Of those 195, 143 (73.3%) were rushing TDs and 52 were TDs via a one-yard pass play. Before we talk about how the game has evolved to more passing TDs from one yard out, here’s a look at each NFL team last season and how many one-yard TDs they had rushing and passing. Detroit and New England topped the list each with 11 one-yard TDs; Denver and Pittsburgh tied for most passing one-yard scores, each with five; the Patriots had the most running one-yard TDs with 10.

Team, one-yard running TDs/one-yard passing TDs

Arizona 4/0

Atlanta 4/4

Baltimore 7/0

Buffalo 3/1

Carolina 9/0

Chicago 5/0

Cincinnati 7/1

Cleveland 5/0

Dallas 3/1

Denver 5/5

Detroit 9/2

Green Bay 1/3

Houston 7/3

Indianapolis 5/1

Jacksonville 2/3

Kansas City 0/1

Miami 5/1

Minnesota 3/2

New England 10/1

New Orleans 3/4

New York Giants 8/1

New York Jets 5/2

Oakland 1/3

Philadelphia 3/1

Pittsburgh 4/5

San Diego 3/0

San Francisco 6/1

Seattle 2/0

St. Louis 2/3

Tampa Bay 4/3

Tennessee 3/0

Washington 5/0

Here’s a look at the players who had the most one-yard touchdowns in 2012:

6: Arian Foster (Houston)

5: Mike Tolbert (Carolina); Michael Leshoure (Detroit); Andre Brown (N.Y. Giants); Shonn Greene (N.Y. Jets); Alfred Morris (Washington)

4: Michael Turner (Atlanta); Michael Bush (Chicago)’ BenJarvis Green-Ellis (Cincinnati); Trent Richardson (Cleveland); Stevan Ridley (New England); Frank Gore (San Francisco); Doug Martin (Tampa Bay)

Did you know… there were nine one-yard TDs in last year’s playoffs, five rushing and four passing? Houston’s Arian Foster had three of those one-yard scores.

As we mentioned above, 73.3% of the one-yard TDs in 2012 were rushing. In 2000 the percentage of one-yard TDs via the run was 81.2%; in 1990 it was 88.1%; in 1980 it was 94.4%; in 1970 it was 95.2%; in 1960 it was 94.4%. It’s safe to say that the one-yard passing TD has become more prevalent in today’s NFL!

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99 Stats Until Kickoff: (#31) Players who gained 100+ yards rushing in an NFL playoff game

Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Tex...

Arian Foster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.)

Six players had at least one game with 100 or more yards rushing in an NFL playoff game last year. The six: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Marshawn Lynch, Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and Arian Foster. Gore gained 100-plus yards in two playoff games, including the Super Bowl, in last year’s postseason.

With his 140-yard effort versus Cincinnati on Wild Card weekend last postseason, Foster became the 18th player since 1960 to have three 100-yard games in his playoff career.

Following are the players who have had 100 or more yards rushing in three or more NFL playoff games (since 1960).

Games with 100 or more yards rushing

7 Terrell Davis, Emmitt Smith

6 John Riggins, Thurman Thomas

5 Marcus Allen, Franco Harris

4 Larry Csonka, Chuck Foreman

3 Jerome Bettis, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Arian Foster, Dorsey Levens, Curtis Martin, Lawrence McCutcheon, Freeman McNeil, Natrone Means, Fred Taylor

Did you know…

* There have been 124 different players who have gained 100 or more yards in at least one NFL playoff game.

* There have been 207 times when a player has gained 100 or more yards rushing in a playoff game since 1960. Teams have won 167 and lost 40 (a .807 winning percentage) in those playoff games.

* Eric Dickerson holds the playoff record with 248 yards gained in a postseason contest against the Dallas Cowboys on January 4, 1986.

* Seven different players have gained 200 or more yards in a playoff game.

* Michael Vick has the fewest carries to reach 100+ yards in a playoff game with eight. He did this with the Atlanta Falcons in a January 15, 2005 contest against the St. Louis Rams.

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One yard to go: Run or Pass for the score?

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

Imagine your favorite NFL team is on the one-yardline and is ready to punch it in for a score. Does your team run for that tough yard or do they implement some sort of play action and pass for those precious three feet?

Last season in the NFL, there were 172 offensive touchdowns of one yard during the regular season. Of those 172, 126 (73.3%) were rushing TDs and 46 were TDs via a one-yard pass play. Before we talk about how the game has evolved to more passing TDs from one yard out, here’s a look at each NFL team last season and how many one-yard TDs they had rushing and passing. The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers topped the list with 10 one-yard TDs; the Pack also tied with the New England Patriots for most passing one-yard scores; Seattle had the most running one-yard TDs with eight.

Team, one-yard running TDs/one-yard passing TDs

Arizona      2/0

Atlanta     4/1

Baltimore     6/0

Buffalo     2/0

Carolina     1/0

Chicago     3/0

Cincinnati     5/3

Cleveland     3/1

Dallas     4/3

Denver     6/1

Detroit     3/1

Green Bay     6/4

Houston     5/1

Indianapolis     3/3

Jacksonville     2/3

Kansas City     4/2

Miami     3/0

Minnesota     5/1

New England     4/4

New Orleans     5/2

New York Giants     2/1

New York Jets     4/1

Oakland     4/1

Philadelphia     2/1

Pittsburgh     7/0

San Diego     6/0

San Francisco 3/2

Seattle     8/0

St. Louis     3/1

Tampa Bay     3/3

Tennessee     4/3

Washington     4/3

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR A TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the oldest player to score a one-yard TD last season? Hint: It was an NFC quarterback. Answer at end of the blog.

Here’s a look at the players who had the most one-yard touchdowns in 2010:

6: Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh; Mike Tolbert, San Diego

5: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

4: Arian Foster, Houston; BenJarvis Green-Ellis, New England; Chris Johnson, Tennessee

Did you know… the most one-yard passing TDs came in the second quarter (17 of the 46, 37%).

Did you know… there were 10 one-yard TDs in last year’s playoffs, nine rushing and only one passing.

As we mentioned above, 73.3% of the one-yard TDs in 2010 were rushing. In 2000 the percentage of one-yard TDs via the run was 81.2%; in 1990 it was 88.1%; in 1980 it was 94.4%; in 1970 it was 95.2%; in 1960 it was 94.4%. It’s safe to say that the one-yard passing TD has become more prevalent in today’s NFL!

TRIVIA ANSWER: Former Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck last season was the oldest player to score a one-yard TD. He was 35 and 92 days.