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Vikings' run dominance might not be enough

Conventional wisdom dictates that a strong running game can carry a team far into the playoffs. But NFL history reveals just the opposite.

Originally Published: December 15, 2007
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

Conventional wisdom says that to win in the playoffs, you have to be able to run the ball and stop the run.

If that conventional wisdom is true, the most dangerous team in the NFC might be the Minnesota Vikings. No team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 has been quite as unbalanced, with both the offense and defense dramatically better on running plays than on passing plays.

The Vikings lead the league in rushing average, getting 5.7 yards per carry. That's 0.8 better than the ...

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