Giving up ground is a bad idea

Mailbag: Teams that let run game slide too much usually struggle

Originally Published: October 1, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The increasing reality that the NFL has become more of a passing league has decreased the value of running backs in general, but the first four weeks proved that teams can't lose too much of their ground game.

The New York Giants are 0-4 after watching their running attack drop from 116.4 yards a game in 2012 to 57.8 this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 after going from 96.1 to 58. They went from 12 wins in 2011 to eight last year after losing 22.8 rushing yards a game. ...

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