TEMPE, Ariz. -- If Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has another game with 100 yards from scrimmage Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, he’ll be in rare air, coach Bruce Arians pointed out Friday.
Johnson needs one more consecutive 100-yard outing to be the first player in NFL history to start a season with 14 straight games with 100 yards from scrimmage.
“That’s elite company -- nobody,” Arians said with a chuckle.
After his 121 yards from scrimmage last week against the Dolphins, Johnson joined former Cardinals running back Edgerrin James as the only two players in NFL history to start a season with 13 straight 100-yard games. One more, and Johnson will sit alone.
“That’s a dream come true, for sure,” Johnson said. “To be the first player to ever to do that is very good, and I definitely hope I’m able to do that.”
Johnson has kept the streak alive by striking a balance between his rushing and receiving outputs.
In eight of his 13 games, Johnson eclipsed 100 yards without going over 100 in either category. His season-high total of 185 yards from scrimmage came in Week 5 against San Francisco, rushing for a season-high 157 yards and adding 28 yards on three catches receiving. Johnson had a season-high 103 receiving yards against Atlanta in Week 12 in addition to his 58 yards rushing.
“I don’t know if anybody in the league can say they’ve had a better year than David Johnson,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I know the team hasn’t had the success we wanted, but David Johnson has been the bell cow from the opening game to last week.”
Only two other players have streaks of 100-yard games longer than Johnson’s and James’ 13. Barry Sanders did it in 15 straight games in 1997 and Marcus Allen in 1985 with 14 -- whom Johnson could tie Sunday. The difference is Sanders and Allen didn’t begin their streaks in Week 1 of their respective seasons.
“The people he’s being mentioned with are Hall of Fame guys," Arians said, "so for a second-year player, I think it’s outstanding."