When the Detroit Lions signed Jamaal Williams back in the spring of 2021, he was signed to back up D’Andre Swift as the offense was going through changes. As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wrote then, it was viewed as an upgrade.
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After his performance today, Williams has put himself among some rare air.  First and foremost, he now leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns.

Second, he is the first Lions player to rush for 3 TD’s in a game since Mikel Leshoure in 2012. With his twelfth rushing TD, he is just four away from the team record that Barry Sanders set in in 1991 of 16. In fact, he is the first Lions player since James Stewart in 2000 to have over 10 TD’s in a season.  The table below does not include today’s game.

Jamaal Williams has a chance to head into the history books

Results Table
Rk Scorer Year Tm Count Avg. Yds
1 Barry Sanders* 1991 DET 16 16.8 Full 1991 Barry Sanders TD log
2 Barry Sanders* 1989 DET 14 8.3 Full 1989 Barry Sanders TD log
3 Barry Sanders* 1990 DET 13 11.7 Full 1990 Barry Sanders TD log
4 Billy Sims 1981 DET 13 8.3 Full 1981 Billy Sims TD log
5 Billy Sims 1980 DET 13 11.2 Full 1980 Billy Sims TD log
6 Barry Sanders* 1997 DET 11 37.0 Full 1997 Barry Sanders TD log
7 Barry Sanders* 1996 DET 11 17.8 Full 1996 Barry Sanders TD log
8 Barry Sanders* 1995 DET 11 26.0 Full 1995 Barry Sanders TD log
9 James Stewart 2000 DET 10 2.0 Full 2000 James Stewart TD log
10 Dutch Clark* 1931 PRT 9 14.0 Full 1931 Dutch Clark TD log
11 Mel Farr 1970 DET 9 9.9 Full 1970 Mel Farr TD log
12 Greg Landry 1972 DET 9 5.1 Full 1972 Greg Landry TD log
13 Mikel Leshoure 2012 DET 9 3.1 Full 2012 Mikel Leshoure TD log
14 Barry Sanders* 1992 DET 9 15.2 Full 1992 Barry Sanders TD log
15 Jamaal Williams 2022 DET 9 8.7 Full 2022 Jamaal Williams TD log
16 Joique Bell 2013 DET 8 2.8 Full 2013 Joique Bell TD log
17 Dutch Clark* 1934 DET 8 28.1 Full 1934 Dutch Clark TD log
18 James Jones 1986 DET 8 1.3 Full 1986 James Jones TD log
19 Kevin Jones 2007 DET 8 2.8 Full 2007 Kevin Jones TD log
20 Steve Owens 1971 DET 8 2.5 Full 1971 Steve Owens TD log
Rk Scorer Year Tm Count Avg. Yds
Provided by Stathead.com: View Stathead Tool Used
Generated 11/20/2022.
The last Lions player to lead the league in rushing touchdowns was Barry Sanders in 1991. Prior to that, it was Billy Sims’s 13 touchdowns in 1980 was tied for the league lead with Earl Campbell.  Not bad for a running back who was not supposed to be a starter heading into the season. But he has seized the opportunity and literally has run with it.

The Detroit Lions O-Line performance today: Flawless 

In addition to Williams’ performance, both Justin Jackson (9 carries, 66 yards) and D’Andre Swift (1 rushing TD), helped the Detroit running attack to over 100 yards on the day.  The offensive line also kept Jared Goff from getting sacked.

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By Published On: November 20th, 2022Categories: Detroit Lions, NFL

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