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Playoffs restore value of run games

Mailbag: In challenging conditions, RBs such as Blount become vital pieces

Originally Published: January 15, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The 2013 regular season was tough for running backs.

Rushing yards were down by 6 per game (225.8) compared to last season, the lowest total since 2007. Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the only back who averaged more than 20 carries a game, but he lasted only six games. There were only 94 times in which a running back rushed for at least 100 yards in a game, a 22 percent drop from last year.

But the 2013 playoffs have rejuvenated the importance of the ground game. ...

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