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Turnovers, early deficits lead to losses

There are a bunch of clichés and truisms tied to the NFL. Greg Garber reveals which ones are deadly sins … and which are myths.

Updated: November 30, 2005, 11:50 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Vince Lombardi, the celebrated coach of the Green Bay Packers whose name adorns the sterling Super Bowl trophy, said that statistics are for losers. Point taken.

Still, culled from the most recent evidence -- the NFL's 2003 and 2004 regular-season statistics -- here are five leading sins of the game that are indisputably (did we mention amazingly?) and undeniably true, more often than not. Upon further review, notice that they are all, like the myriad creatures of the universe, interconnected. ...

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