Peyton Hillis Joins Elite Company …..

September 28, 2010 |

With Sunday’s virtual “field day” of running and doing as he pleased, Peyton Hillis joined an exclusive and rare group of running backs who’ve experienced a BIG GAME at the expense of the Baltimore Ravens Defense.

Trust me, I understand the overall importance of each game. Winning supercedes anything and everything. But, on Sunday we witnessed something that sparingly occurs. In 14+ seasons, only 23 running backs have posted triple digits in rushing against the Ravens.

Perhaps, one of the most meaningful distinctions of this reality has been the abilities of Ray Lewis and his castmates to shut down some of the best running backs in the NFL. With Sunday’s 144 yard ground game, Peyton Hillis joins a select group of players who’ve overcome a very aggressive defensive attack, as well as the 100 yard threshhold …..
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Terrell Davis – Broncos
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Karim Abdul Jabbar – Dolphins
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James Allen – Bears
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Marshall Faulk – Colts
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Eddie George – Titans
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Amos Zereoue – Steelers
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Deuce McAllister – Saints
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Fred Taylor – Jaguars
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Ricky Williams – Dolphins
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Ladanian Tomlinson
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Jerome Bettis – Steelers
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Corey Dillon – Patriots & Bengals
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Curtis Martin – Jets
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Priest Holmes – Chiefs
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Domanick Williams – Texans
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Rudi Johnson – Bengals
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Greg Jones – Jaguars
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Thomas Jones – Bears
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Larry Johnson – Chiefs
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Travis Henry – Titans
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Adrian Peterson – Vikings
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Cedric Benson – Bengals
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Peyton Hillis – Browns
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Of the above list, some fun trivia questions are born …..

Have the Ravens ever allowed a 200 yard rushing performance? No

Can you name the running back who’s gained the most single-game yardage against the Ravens? Terrell Davis – 194 yards (1996)

The only running back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Ravens, while playing for two different teams? Corey Dillon – Bengals & Patriots

Which running back has rushed for the most 100 yard games against the Ravens? Jerome Bettis – 5 times

Has a Hall Of Famer ever rushed for 100 yards against the Ravens? As of today, the answer is NO. However, that will change with the future enshrinements of Curtis Martin, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis and Ladanian Tomlinson.

And, finally, you’ll have to wait a couple years to allow the most recent event to escape our short-term memories, before asking this question …..

Has a white running back ever rushed for 100 yards against the Ravens? Yes, Peyton Hillis

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