NFL 2016: Best Running Back Pairs
NFL 2016: Best Running Back Pairs

What's better than having one great running back on your team? Having two. Here's the NFL teams blessed with the best set of running backs

"When you have two or three different guys involved running the football over the course of a game, I think the benefits are many," says Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. "There's a freshness that each of those guys has. Maybe they have different styles. They can attack defenses in different ways and they're just more versatile than one guy might be."

Last season, 13 NFL teams boasted two running backs with at least 400 rushing yards each, including eight of the 12 playoff teams -- Arizona, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington.

Despite the proliferation of the passing game, teams have continued to rely on different options in the backfield to gain an advantage.

The Cardinals led the NFL in total offense in 2015 with 408.3 yards per game, including 119.8 rushing yards per game. Led by veteran running back Chris Johnson (814 rushing yards) and rookie running back David Johnson (581), Arizona (13-3) won nine of its last 10 regular-season games and reached the NFC Championship Game.

"We've been doing this for three years to form a two-back package," says Cardinals head coach BRUCE ARIANS. "We're going to continue with the package because they all bring such dynamic passing game stuff, and obviously they can run." The teams that employed two running backs with at least 400 rushing yards each in 2015:

NFL teams with two running backs 400+ rushing yards

Team Running Back Yards Running Back Yards
Source: NFL *Rookie
ArizonaChris Johnson814David Johnson*581
BaltimoreJustin Forsett641Javorius Allen*514
BuffaloLeSean McCoy895Karlos Williams*517
ChicagoMatt Forté898Jeremy Langford*537
CincinnatiJeremy Hill794Giovani Bernard730
DenverRonnie Hillman863C.J. Anderson720
Green BayEddie Lacy758James Starks601
Kansas CityCharcandrick West634Spencer Ware403
PhiladelphiaDeMarco Murray702Ryan Mathews539
PittsburghDeAngelo Williams907Le'Veon Bell556
SeattleThomas Rawls*830Marshawn Lynch417
Tampa BayDoug Martin1,402Charles Sims529
WashingtonAlfred Morris751Matt Jones*490


Buffalo's tandem of Pro Bowl running back LE SEAN MC COY (895) (left) and rookie running back KARLOS WILLIAMS (517) (far left) helped the Bills lead the NFL in rushing last season with 152.0 rushing yards per game.

"I think that was one of the main reasons we led the league in rushing," says Buffalo head coach REX RYAN about the Bills' running backs. "It was the talent that we had at running back. When you look at the positives, this is a real positive thing. We were able to lead the league in rushing and rushing average with a stable of backs we feel really good about moving forward."

Most Rushing Yards Per Game


Four of the top six teams -- Buffalo, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Kansas City -- in rushing yards per game had two running backs with at least 400 rushing yards last season.

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