Inside The Bills

Back-to-back team rushing titles rare

Posted by Chris Brown on January 5, 2017 – 11:35 am

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com Thursday, the Bills run game had another league-leading year to make back-to-back seasons at the top of the league in rushing yards. Over the last 20 years only two other teams have been able to lead the league in rushing in back-to-back years. Here’s a look at the other two NFL teams who have pulled off the feat in that span of time.

The Atlanta Falcons led the league in rushing for three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2006. Those teams were led by Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn. Vick, much like Tyrod Taylor, ran for a lot of yardage to boost the Falcons rushing attack.

Vick had significantly more rushing production than Taylor has had in Buffalo. He rushed for 902 yards in 2004, 597 in 2005 and an astounding 1,039 in 2006. Atlanta led the league in rushing all three years.

The other team to go back-to-back were the San Francisco 49ers in 1998 and 1999. In ’98 their QB Steve Young helped the rushing total with 454 yards on the ground to go with Garrison Heart’s big year (1,570 yards rushing). Then in 1999, Charlie Garner was their top rusher (1,229 yards rushing) and Jeff Garcia took over at quarterback and though not the rusher that Young was, still had 231 rushing yards.

Vick’s Falcons had the three highest per game rushing totals of all three teams. In 2004 they averaged 167 rushing yards a game. In 2005 it was 159.1 and in 2006 it was an eye-popping 183.7 rushing yards per game.

Buffalo averaged 152 and 164.4 the past two years.

 


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