For most teams, especially teams that want to be successful, having a good running game is very important. Running the ball gains yards, eats up time off the clock, and wears down the opposing team. Also, there are fewer things that can go wrong with running than there are things that can go wrong with passing as well.
The Denver Broncos came to professional football in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. They’ve had an up-and-down existence, experiencing everything from being last in the league to back-to-back Super Bowl champions. Its brokers have also played an important role in this story.
Here are the five best rushing seasons in Denver Broncos history:
#5 – Clinton Portis – 2002
2002 would see the Denver Broncos start 7-3 before finishing the year with a 9-7 record. Portis had a breakout 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 and finished 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 also did the part for him, rushing 290 times for 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns.
#2 – Terrell Davis – 1997
The Broncos went 12-4 in 1997, then advanced to the playoffs and beat the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. Terrell Davis had a breakout 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 point 13-0 before finishing the season with a 14-2 record. They then made quick work of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets in the playoffs, before defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl for their second straight championship win. Terrell Davis was a key part of his success that season, rushing 392 times for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns.