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Teams attack Cover 2 on the ground

One early trend in the NFL is teams attacking zone defenses on the ground.

Updated: September 19, 2003, 3:46 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Jamal Lewis' 295-yard day against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday was more than record-breaking. It was trend-setting.

The first true trend of the season emerged on a weekend in which eight backs had 100-yard plus games and each of their teams won. The trend involves the popular Cover 2 defense that has spread through the league thanks to the success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For years, offensive minds theorized the best way to frustrate a Cover 2 defense was to gash it with running ...

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