The Lions have now gone more than four years without a single player gaining 100 rushing yards in a game. But their problem running the football goes back a lot further than four years. In fact, it goes all the way back to the retirement of Barry Sanders before the 1999 season: In Sanders’ career, he played 153 games and ran for 100 or more yards 76 times. Sunday the Lions will play their 300th regular-season game since Sanders retired, and they’ve had a grand total of 28 games in which someone ran for 100 yards. Sanders never had fewer than four 100-yard rushing games in any of his 10 NFL seasons. Since Sanders retired, the Lions have never had more than four 100-yard rushing games in any of their 18 seasons. The Lions got one 100-yard game (from Greg Hill) in the first year after Sanders retired, 1999.
Lions’ paucity of 100-yard games stretches back to Barry Sanders’ retirement
Pro Football Talk | Dec 2