The Five Best Rushing Seasons In Denver Broncos History


For most teams, especially teams that want to be successful, having a strong running game is very important. Running the ball gains yardage, eats time off the clock, and wears the opposing team down. Also, there are fewer things that can go wrong when running than can go wrong when passing too.

The Denver Broncos came into professional football in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. They have had an up and down existence, experiencing everything from being last in the league to being back to back Super Bowl champions. Their running backs have played a large role in this history too.

Here are the top five rushing seasons in Denver Broncos history:

#5 – Clinton Portis – 2002

2002 would see the Denver Broncos get off to 7-3 start before finishing the year with a record of 9-7. Portis had a great season that year, finishing with 273 carries for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns.

#4 – Terrell Davis – 1996

1996 saw the Broncos finish the season with a 13-3 record, only to lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Terrell Davis did very well, carrying the ball 345 times for 1,538 yards and 13 touchdowns.

#3 – Clinton Portis – 2003

In 2003, the Broncos went 10-6, finishing with four wins in the last five weeks of the season. They then lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the first week of the playoffs. Clinton Portis did his part too, rushing 290 times for 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns.

#2 – Terrell Davis – 1997

The Broncos went 12-4 in 1997, then marched through the playoffs and defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. Terrell Davis had a great season that year, carrying the ball 369 times for 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns.

#1 – Terrell Davis – 1998

In 1998, Denver was at one time 13-0 before finishing the season with a record of 14-2. They then made short work of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets in the playoffs, before defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl for the second victory in their back to back championship. Terrell Davis was a key part of their success that season, rushing 392 times for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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