The Arizona Cardinals have had a good run over the past few years, including making it all the way to the Super Bowl. The team started out in Chicago, then moved to St. Louis, and then finally made its way to Phoenix. Through all those stops they have usually always had a fairly impressive defense.
The measuring stick for a running back is thought of by many to be whether or not they had a 100 yard game. Gaining 100 yards rushing in an NFL game against anyone can be tough, but especially for a rookie. How many rookie running backs have ever gained 100 yards against the Cardinals though?
Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, 24 different running backs have had a 100 yard game in their rookie season against the Cardinals.
Those players are:
1974 – Alvin Maxson – New Orleans Saints
1975 – Mike Thomas – Washington Redskins
1977 – Tony Dorsett – Dallas Cowboys
1985 – George Adams – New York Giants
1986 – Herschel Walker – Dallas Cowboys
1986 – Rueben Mayes – New Orleans Saints
1986 – Keith Byars – Philadelphia Eagles
1987 – Dwight Beverly – New Orleans Saints
1989 – Bobby Humphrey – Denver Broncos
1990 – Emmitt Smith – Dallas Cowboys
1993 – Jerome Bettis – Los Angeles Rams
1993 – Derrick Moore – Detroit Lions
1995 – Terrell Davis – Denver Broncos
2000 – Jamal Lewis – Baltimore Ravens
2001 – Correll Buckhalter – Philadelphia Eagles
2002 – Clinton Portis – Denver Broncos
2003 – Brock Forsey – Chicago Bears
2004 – Maurice Hicks – San Francisco 49ers
2004 – Kevin Jones – Detroit Lions
2004 – Willis McGahee – Buffalo Bills
2005 – Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys
2006 – Jerious Norwood – Atlanta Falcons
2007 – Brian Leonard – St. Louis Rams
2010 – LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The team with the most rookies to gain 100 yards or more in a game against the Cardinals is the Cowboys, and they are some pretty familiar names too (Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Emmitt Smith, and Marion Barber).
The most rushing yards ever gained by a rookie against the Cardinals is 228. This was done by Clinton Portis in a 37-7 win by Denver in 2002.
The most rushing touchdowns ever scored by a rookie in a game against the Cardinals is four. Emmitt Smith did this in a 41-10 Dallas win in 1990.
Tony Dorsett’s performance of 14 carries for 141 yards came with a very impressive 10.07 yards per carry average. That wasn’t the highest yards per carry average though by a rookie running the ball against the Cardinals. In 2006, in a 32-10 win by the Falcons, Jerious Norwood carried the ball just six times but gained 106 yards for an average of 17.67 yards per carry.