The 20 Most Dominant Seasons for a Running Back: Yards Per Game
It’s not just passing offense that has been exploding through the past two decades. It’s all offense, including running.
Using yards per game as the metric, 10 of the top 20 dominant seasons for a running back came in 1994 or later – and six of those in the 2000’s.
But the all-time greatest seasons – four of the top five – came before all that.
O.J. Simpson killed it in 1973, running for 143.1 yards per game – the most cut-through, dominant season ever for a running back, and by a big margin, too.
That would make for one great fantasy year, wouldn’t it?
|RUNNING BACK||YARDS PER GAME||SEASON||TEAM|
|1.||O.J. Simpson||143.1||1973||Buffalo Bills|
|2.||Jim Brown||133.1||1963||Cleveland Browns|
|3.||Walter Payton||132.3||1977||Chicago Bears|
|4.||Eric Dickerson||131.6||1984||Los Angeles Rams|
|5.||Adrian Peterson||131.1||2012||Minnesota Vikings|
|6.||O.J. Simpson||129.8||1975||Buffalo Bills|
|7.||Jamal Lewis||129.1||2003||Baltimore Ravens|
|8.||Earl Campbell||128.9||1980||Houston Oilers|
|9.||Barry Sanders||128.3||1997||Detroit Lions|
|10.||Jim Brown||127.3||1958||Cleveland Browns|
|11.||Terrell Davis||125.5||1998||Denver Broncos|
|12.||Chris Johnson||125.4||2009||Tennessee Titans|
|13.||Clinton Portis||122.4||2003||Denver Broncos|
|14.||Barry Sanders||117.7||1994||Detroit Lions|
|14.||Ahman Green||117.7||2003||Green Bay Packers|
|16.||Shaun Alexander||117.5||2005||Seattle Seahawks|
|17.||Terrell Davis||116.7||1997||Denver Broncos|
|18.||Tiki Barber||116.3||2005||New York Giants|
|19.||Ricky Williams||115.8||2002||Miami Dolphins|
|20.||Jamal Anderson||115.4||1998||Atlanta Falcons|
|20.||Priest Holmes||115.4||2002||Kansas City Chiefs|
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