Much focus has been placed on how the National Football League has become a passing game as 400-yard aerial attacks by quarterbacks and 200-yard receiving games by receivers seemingly occur every week. However, the fact remains that ten of the 32 NFL team’s single-game rushing marks have fallen in the past five seasons.

The latest record-setting day came during Week 14 when LeSean McCoy set the Philadelphia Eagles single-game rushing record. The Eagles mark had been the longest standing of the current 32 teams and dated back to the 1949 season when Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren rumbled for 205 yards. McCoy became the third player in Eagles history to eclipse 200 yards rushing. The other Eagles runner to reach the milestone was Duce Staley who gained 201 yards in a game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2000.

McCoy ignored the heavy snowfall at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and racked up 217 yards on 29 carries that included two long touchdown runs (57 and 40 yards). His offensive performance helped lead the Eagles to an important 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions.

The chart below lists the players who hold the single-game rushing yard record for each of the current NFL franchises.
 

Team Record Holder Yards Date Opponent
Arizona Cardinals Chris Wells 228 Nov. 27, 2011 at St. Louis Rams
Atlanta Falcons Michael Turner 220 Sept. 7, 2008 vs. Detroit Lions
Baltimore Ravens Jamal Lewis 295 Sept. 14, 2003 vs. Cleveland Browns
Buffalo Bills O.J. Simpson 273 Nov. 25, 1976 at Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams 212 Dec. 30, 2012 at New Orleans Saints
Chicago Bears Walter Payton 275 Nov. 20, 1977 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Cincinnati Bengals Corey Dillon 278 Oct. 22, 2000 vs. Denver Broncos
Cleveland Browns Jerome Harrison 286 Dec. 20, 2009 at Kansas City Chiefs
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray 253 Oct. 23, 2011 vs. St. Louis Rams
Denver Broncos Mike Anderson 251 Dec. 32000 at New Orleans Saints
Detroit Lions Barry Sanders 237 Nov. 131994 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay Packers Ahman Green 218 Dec. 282003 vs. Denver Broncos
Houston Texans Arian Foster 231 Sept. 122010 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts Edgerrin James 219 Oct. 152000 at Seattle Seahawks
Jacksonville Jaguars Fred Taylor 234 Nov. 192000 at Pittsburgh Steelers
Kansas City Chiefs Jamaal Charles 259 Jan. 32010 at Denver Broncos
Miami Dolphins Ricky Williams 228 Dec. 12002 at Buffalo Bills
Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson 296 Nov. 42007 vs. San Diego Chargers
New England Patriots Tony Collins 212 Sept. 18, 1983 vs. New York Jets
New Orleans Saints George Rogers 206 Sept. 41983 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
New York Giants Tiki Barber 234 Dec. 302006 at Washington Redskins
New York Jets Thomas Jones 210 Oct. 182009 vs. Buffalo Bills
Oakland Raiders Napoleon Kaufman 227 Oct. 191997 vs. Denver Broncos
Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy 217 Dec. 8, 2013 vs. Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers Willie Parker 223 Dec. 72006 vs. Cleveland Browns
St. Louis Rams Willie Ellison 247 Dec. 51971 vs. New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson 243 Dec. 282003 vs. Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore 212 Nov. 192006 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks Shaun Alexander 266 Nov. 112001 vs. Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Martin 251 Nov. 42012 vs. Oakland Raiders
Tennessee Titans Chris Johnson 228 Nov. 12009 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Washington Redskins Gerald Riggs 221 Sept. 171989 vs. Philadelphia Eagles