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Tip Sheet: Running from the truths

In the first two weeks, the usual formula for victory hasn't often held true

Originally Published: September 25, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the NFL, these truths have historically been pretty much unchallenged: Run the football, stop the run, practice ball security, claim the turnover/takeaway differential, win the battle for time of possession and most times you win the game. It has been a straightforward, and generally proven, formula for success. At least until the first two weeks of this season, when some of the truths that govern the game are hardly so self-evident anymore.

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