Unexpected 200 Yard Rushing Games – Part One

A running back who crosses the 100 yard rushing mark in a game is said to have had a great game. Stringing together 100 yard games can help him have one of the better seasons that year too. But, the best running backs in the game go beyond that and regularly put up 150 yard performances. They may even go beyond that as well, and cross the rare 200 yard rushing mark in a game.

This isn’t only done by the biggest names in the NFL though. Here is a look at some of the more unexpected players to have put up 200 yard games in the NFL.

Mike Anderson – Denver Broncos

Mike Anderson had twelve 100 yard rushing games during his NFL career. On one of those though, a 2000 Broncos win over the Saints, he carried the ball 37 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns.

Willie Ellison – Los Angeles Rams

Willie Ellison played six years with the Rams and a final two with the Chiefs during his career in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Ellison had just six 100 yard games during that time. On December 5, 1971 though he carried the ball 26 times for 247 yards and one touchdown.

Gene Roberts – New York Giants

Gene Roberts played for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1950. In that time, he rushed for 1,904 total yards. Just once during his career did he break the 100 yard rushing mark. When he did, he also broke the 200 yard rushing mark. In a 1950 win over the Cardinals, he carried the ball 26 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals

Beanie Wells came into the NFL out of Ohio State with some high expectations. He ended up playing four seasons, all with the Arizona Cardinals, and rushed for a grand total of 2,471 yards. During his four year career, Wells had three games in which he ran for more than 100 yards. In one of those games, a 2011 win over the Rams, he carried the ball 27 times for 228 yards and one touchdown.

Terry Miller – Buffalo Bills

Terry Miller had a 1,000 yard season as a rookie with the Bills in 1978. Over the next three seasons, two with Buffalo and a final one with Seattle, he rushed for just over 500 total yards. On November 26, 1978, in a win over the Giants, he carried the ball 21 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first game over 100 yards and he only had one more during his career.

Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno played six seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Denver Broncos. He averaged one 100 yard game per season during his career. His biggest day came on November 24, 2013 in a loss to the Patriots when he carried the ball 37 times for 224 yards and one touchdown.

Tommy Wilson – Los Angeles Rams

Tommy Wilson had a good career in the NFL, lasting from 1956 to 1963. He spent that time with the Rams, Browns, and Vikings. He broke the 100 yard rushing mark five times during his career. On December 16, 1956 in his rookie year he carried the ball 23 times for 223 yards.

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