The 20 Most Dominant Seasons for a Running Back: Yards Per Game

O.J. Simpson Was The Player Of The Year In 1973, After Posting 143.1 Yards Per Game

O.J. Simpson Was The Player Of The Year In 1973, After Posting 143.1 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.

Ten yards away sits Jim Brown in second at 133.1 YPG. From Brown down to Chris Johnson in 12th is only a range of about eight yards.

Classic RBs Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson join Simpson, Brown and Adrian Peterson (fifth) as the only backs to mark over 130 yards per game in a season.

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

Photo: moonsbooksonline.com

Advertisements

Posted on September 12, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: