Another week, another masterful performance by Broncos (6-6) undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. The former Colorado Buffaloes star rushed 19 times for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s 24-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) Sunday afternoon. (Case Keenum, by the way, had just 151 passing yards.) One of his scores was this beautiful 65-yard run — his second 50-plus yard run this season — in the third quarter which gave the Broncos a 21-3 lead:
And even his first touchdown, a ho-hum 6-yard burst, was impressive as Lindsay showed us the vision that makes him special.
It was Lindsay’s second straight 100-plus yard game and third this season. According to Patrick Smyth, Broncos Executive Vice President of Public & Community relations, he also became the first NFL player in the last 11 seasons — and first rookie since 1993 — to post three consecutive games averaging at least seven yards per carry.
Through 12 games, the 24-year old Denver native has rushed for 937 yards and eight touchdowns. In the last three games alone, all Broncos victories, Lindsay has rushed for 346 yards and five touchdowns. He’s the fourth undrafted rookie since 1970 — and first since 2010 — to record at least 1,000-plus yards from scrimmage in a single season.
With four games remaining, the former CU tailback seems like a lock to break the record for most rushing yards by an undrafted running back in his rookie season. He needs just 168 rushing yards to eclipse that mark set by the Colts’ Dominic Rhodes back in 2001. He’s currently on pace for roughly 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Phillip Lindsay is having himself a season. pic.twitter.com/zABGDEvsPf— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) December 2, 2018
Following the win over the Bengals, Denver nose tackle Domata Peko spoke about Lindsay’s performance, his impact from day one and also gave a TREMENDOUS impression of the rookie running back. Enjoy!
Domata Peko with some FANTASTIC anecdotes about Phillip Lindsay’s rise with the Broncos. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/9smK3I4kfw— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 2, 2018
Lindsay and the Broncos visit the San Francisco 49ers (2-9) next Sunday. The 49ers are coming off a 43-16 loss at Seattle and have lost three straight games.