NFL: Having a Top Rushing Offense Is Overrated

July 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For years it has been said by pigskin pundits that the key to winning football is in the run game. That belief has been embedded into the minds of many fans, especially after the “success” of the Jets, who averaged 172 rushing yards per game last season.
Not mine.
I used to be a run-game enthusiast, but after looking at the statistics from last season, there is very little correlation between having a great run game and actual success. Look at the top ten running teams from last season, including their record and passing offense’s ranking:
1. Jets (9-7, 31st )
2. Titans (8-8, 23rd)
3. Panthers (8-8, 27th)
4. Dolphins (7-9, 20th)
5. Ravens (9-7, 18th)
6. Saints (13-3, 4th)
7. Cowboys (11-5, 6th)
8. Browns (5-11, 32nd)
9. Bengals (10-6, 26th)
10. Jaguars (7-9, 19th)
This is not very good company at all. The collective record of these teams is 87-73. Only half of these teams went to the playoffs and had win...

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