Ever sit back and wonder just how good Le’Veon Bell is compared to those who have come before him?
Well, if you have, he’s pretty darned good.
Check out the stats below to put it into perspective, when looking at total scrimmage yards through the first 55 career games:
The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first 55 career games played:— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) October 26, 2017
Le’Veon Bell 6,948 yards (54 games) pic.twitter.com/amoT7exeVW
The Sunday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions will be Bell’s 55th game in the league, and he currently ranks third in these standings.
Eric Dickerson - 7,095
Edgerrin James - 6,969
Le’Veon Bell - 6,948
Do the simple math, Bell needs just 21-yards to surpass James on this list, and 147 to pass Dickerson for most scrimmage yards in NFL history by a player in their first 55 games.
Take a look at the list above, and notice Edgerrin James is the only player on the list who’s not currently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yeah, Bell is having that kind of start to his career.
The question now becomes, will Bell get the 147 all-purpose yards on Sunday at Ford Field to catapult himself into first place on this list? The Steelers are playing a Lions’ defense that ranks 19th in yards allowed per game, giving up 244.2 yards per game through the air (22nd in the NFL), 94.3 yards on the ground a game (8th in the NFL) and 24.8 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league.
In other words, it won’t be easy for Bell, but if he continues on his current streak of 100-yard rushing performances he has a legitimate shot to get the job done. The past two weeks Bell has amassed 191-yards vs. the Chiefs and 192-yards vs. the Bengals.
Will he get the necessary yards? Only time will tell...