Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals prior to the snap against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium (USA Today Sports)

Denver Broncos Putting ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ To Shame Five Games In


The Denver Broncos aren’t the Greatest Show on Turf only because the St. Louis Rams took the moniker in the late 90′s and early 2000′s with a kind of offensive production that had never been seen before.

The Rams won the 1999 Super Bowl, but for offensive output, we’re going to look back at their 2000 season because it was truly something to behold.

With Kurt Warner/Trent Green, Marshall Faulk, Issac BruceTorry Holt and Az-Zahir Hakim, the Rams put up 7,335 yards of total offense (5,492 were passing yards), 37 passing touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns. Their 63 offensive touchdowns were five more than the stellar 1998 Minnesota Vikings had.

To compare, the Broncos have 2,449 yards of total offense (1,869 passing yards), 20 passing touchdowns, and six rushing touchdowns through five games. They’re on pace for about 80 offensive touchdowns this season. Unreal.

Can we snag Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth nickname for this Broncos team?

Here’s a breakdown of their production by position:

Quarterbacks:

  • Kurt Warner (11 games) & Trent Green (8 games) = 5,492 yards, and 37 passing touchdowns
  • Peyton Manning = 1,884 yards, and 20 passing touchdowns through five games

Running Backs: 

  • Marhsall Faulk = 253 carries, 1,359 yards (5.4 avg), and 18 touchdowns in 14 games
  • Knowshon Moreno = 65 carries, 331 yards (5.1 avg), and 4 touchdowns through five games

Wide Receivers:

  • Issac Bruce = 87 catches, 1,471 yards, 9 touchdowns
  • Torry Holt = 82 receptions, 1,635 yards, and 6 touchdowns
  • Az-Zahir Hakim = 53 catches, 734 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Demaryius Thomas = 34 catches, 450 yards, and 4 touchdowns through five games
  • Eric Decker = 29 catches, 427 yards, and 2 touchdowns
  • Wes Welker = 31 catches, 315 yards, and 7 touchdowns
  • Julius Thomas = 27 catches, 359 yards, and 6 touchdowns

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