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Straying away from strength is costly

Successful teams like the Panthers and Vikings have identified their strengths and stuck to their strategies.

Updated: October 8, 2003, 2:38 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the first half of last Sunday night's victory at Heinz Field, the Cleveland Browns dusted off the offensive blueprint they had utilized against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2002 playoffs, spreading the field with four wide receivers and taking advantage of a secondary that simply could not keep up with the breakneck pace of the game.

And then, after jumping out to a 23-10 lead at intermission, the Browns offense abruptly changed course.

GreenOver the second half, quarterback ...

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