Being a rookie running back in the NFL is tough enough what with all the pressure to perform at a high level. The Buffalo Bills have been in pro football since 1960, first in the AFL and since 1970 as part of the NFL. How many rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against them during that time?
The answer is 29.
-The first rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Bills was Dave Smith of the Houston Oilers in both teams’ first year in football, 1960.
-Curtis Martin is the only rookie running back to ever have two 100 yard games against the Bills in the same rookie season, doing so as a member of the Patriots in 1995.
-The oldest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against the Bills was Michael LeBlanc of the Patriots who was 25 years and 159 days old and playing in the NFL during the labor troubled 1987 season.
-The youngest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against Buffalo is Clinton Portis who did it at the age of 21 years and 21 days old while with the Broncos in 2002.
-Against Edgerrin James and the Colts in 1999 was the first and so far only time the Bills gave up 100 yards rushing to a rookie on opening day.
-Players who gained 100 yards or more in a game against the Bills and would eventually go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Franco Harris, and Curtis Martin.
-The Patriots have had more rookie running backs gain 100 or more yards against the Bills than any other team. They have had five players do it a total of six times. Martin did it twice in 1995 and Michael LeBlanc did it once in 1987. Others to do it include BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2008, Leonard Russell in 1991, and John Stephens in 1988.