For those that really know and understand the NFL game what I am about to say will really come as no surprise, but to see the actual numbers is quite revealing. Quarterbacks get the credit and everyone loves to see the passing game, but wins are created on the ground. It's all about the run! Consider the following for games this year alone and compare the Win/Loss records for teams who gain 300 yards passing vs. teams who run the ball 30 or more times. Teams who recorded 300 passing yards or more have a combined record of 8-9 while teams who ran the ball 30 times or more have a combined record of 17-3. Now you can't just run the ball 30 straight times, gaining one yard per carry, and expect to win simply because you did so. Running the ball 30 times means you are running successfully, moving the chains, controlling the clock, and keep the opposing offense off the field. In that regard the best defense is an exceptional running game. Short, sweet, and to the point. Consider the following results for this season: Week One 300 Yards Passing (4-4) Tony Romo: Win Andrew Luck: Loss Matt Stafford: Win Robert Griffin III: Win Drew Brees: Loss Michael Vick: Win Aaron Rodgers: Loss Cam Newton: Loss 30+ Carry Teams (8-3) Chicago: Win Jacksonville: Loss NY Jets: Win Houston: Win New England: Win Washington: Win Philadelphia: Win Kansas City: Loss San Francisco: Win Seattle: Loss Tampa Bay: Win Week Two 300 Yards Passing (4-5) Matt Cassel: Loss Drew Brees: Loss Brandon Weeden: Loss Andy Dalton: Win Carson Palmer: Loss Tom Brady: Loss Eli Manning: Win Michael Vick: Win Sam Bradford: Win 30+ Carry Teams (9-0) Buffalo: Win Carolina: Win Indianapolis: Win Houston: Win Miami: Win Arizona: Win Philadelphia: Win Seattle: Win San Diego: Win Consider also that in three of those games where a team won with a 300 yard passing game they also had 30+ carries on the ground. Consider as well that of the three losses this year where a team ran the ball 30 times and lost, two of them (Seattle / Arizona and Jacksonville / Minnesota) were extremely close games that came right down to the wire and were decided by 4 points or less.