Happy New Year, everyone! I really appreciate all of you who check in on "Scott Says" and to The Charlotte Observer. This blog has been a lot of fun -- we only started it in September, if you remember -- and I really enjoy reading all your comments. I'm going to try and refer to more of them in the blog this coming year (you can also e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org).
I got this e-mail from alert reader Jason Nark, who wrote: "I believe one of Deangelo’s most impressive accomplishments has gone unnoticed by the local and national media. I think he has the highest amount of single season rushing yards without a fumble. I’d take Deangelo’s 1500 yards and 0 fumbles over Adrian Peterson’s 1800 yards and 9 fumbles. Any day."
You know what? In this case, I would, too. Peterson led the NFL in both rushing yardage (1760) and fumbles (9). And of those 9 fumbles, 6 came in December! You think a few Philadelphia Eagles are going to try to strip him this weekend?
Of the 16 NFL rushers who gained more than 1,000 yards this season, only DeAngelo and LaDainian Tomlinson never fumbled on a rushing carry. Here's a list of the most notable fumblers who gained 1,000 yards:
1. Peterson (Min) 9 fumbles
2. Frank Gore (SF) 6
3. Steven Jackson (StL) 5
4. Ryan Grant (GB) 4
And the 1,000-yard rushers who fumbled least:
1. DeAngelo and LT.... 0
Tied for third: Jamal Lewis (CLE), Matt Forte (Chi) and Chris Johnson (Ten) 1
Note: Clinton Portis and Atlanta's Michael Turner, the other 2 RBs along with Peterson selected instead of DeAngelo to the Pro Bowl, each had 3 fumbles this season.
So thanks to Jason for pointing this tidbit out. If you want to take a closer look at the stats for all RBs in the league, try this link.