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Teams know importance of ground attack

Teams know the importance of winning on the ground. But that might not be reflected in the stats as aggressive defenses gear up to stop the run.

Updated: October 21, 2005, 6:15 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Some interesting adjustments are being made in what was supposed to be the "Year of the Running Back," and not all of them are good for the running backs.

The entry into the league of Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson and Cadillac Williams, all first-round draft picks, made it easy to believe rushing stats would be going up. In fact, the opposite is true -- team rushing totals are down slightly, from 114.7 yards per game last year to 110.55 this season. And there have been only 42 100-yard rushing ...

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