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Browns' 1,000-yard backs: Mack and Byner

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In 1985, the Cleveland Browns became just the third team in NFL history to feature a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

The duo of Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner took their place in history alongside the 1972 Miami Dolphins (Larry Csonka/Mercury Morris) and the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers (Franco Harris/Rocky Bleier).

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Leading the way for Mack and Byner in 1985 was offensive lineman Dan Fike. An interesting side note is that season marked the second straight year he blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

One season earlier, in the rival United States Football League, Fike was the starting tackle for the Tampa Bay Bandits who had two running backs (Greg Boone and Gary Anderson) gain 1,000 yards.

Kevin Mack
Date Opponent
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
Sept. 8 St. Louis Cardinals
9
48
5.3
1
Sept. 16 Pittsburgh Steelers
12
40
3.3
0
Sept. 22 at Dallas Cowboys
10
23
2.3
0
Sept. 29 at San Diego Chargers
16
130
8.1
1
Oct. 6 New England Patriots
20
115
5.8
1
Oct. 13 at Houston Oilers
20
91
4.6
1
Oct. 20 Los Angeles Raiders
19
56
2.9
0
Oct. 27 Washington Redskins
13
60
4.6
0
Nov. 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers
11
30
2.7
0
Nov. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals
9
88
9.8
0
Nov. 17 Buffalo Bills
21
94
4.5
0
Nov. 24 Cincinnati Bengals
14
117
8.4
2
Dec. 1 at New York Giants
14
66
4.7
1
Dec. 8 at Seattle Seahawks
9
44
4.9
0
Dec. 15 Houston Oilers
13
72
5.5
0
Dec. 22 at New York Jets
12
30
2.5
0
Total:
222
1104
5.0
7

 

Earnest Byner
Date Opponent
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
Sept. 8 St. Louis Cardinals
21
68
3.2
0
Sept. 16 Pittsburgh Steelers
18
82
4.6
1
Sept. 22 at Dallas Cowboys
15
80
5.3
1
Sept. 29 at San Diego Chargers
14
83
5.9
0
Oct. 6 New England Patriots
14
37
2.6
1
Oct. 13 at Houston Oilers
14
54
3.9
1
Oct. 20 Los Angeles Raiders
18
41
2.3
1
Oct. 27 Washington Redskins
9
39
4.3
0
Nov. 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers
15
45
3.0
0
Nov. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals
7
24
3.4
0
Nov. 17 Buffalo Bills
15
109
7.3
1
Nov. 24 Cincinnati Bengals
21
66
3.1
0
Dec. 1 at New York Giants
14
44
3.1
2
Dec. 8 at Seattle Seahawks
12
42
3.5
0
Dec. 15 Houston Oilers
22
87
4.0
0
Dec. 22 at New York Jets
15
101
6.7
0
Total:
244
1002
4.1
8

 

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