Two weeks in a row the darlings of this NFL season the Detroit Lions have overcome 2o (and 24) point deficits. The Buffalo Bills have overcome 18 and 20 point deficits. The San Francisco 49ers overcame a 20 point deficit this past week. What in the name of Bobby Boucher is up with all of these major comebacks? I’ll tell you what, it’s what has been out of control the first four weeks of this NFL season. It’s the passing game and offensive coordinators are letting QB’s throw it at an all time high. However, that’s also losing some games for teams. When you have a 20 point lead in the National Football League….you RUN THE BALL. Say it with me….RUN THE BALL. Sure, it may not be the cool thing to do or get you a first down, but you know what it does do? It keeps the clock running, keeps momentum for your team, allows your defense to keep attacking and doesn’t give your opponent a chance to get a pick six or two….right Tony Romo? Coach Red Beaulieu from the movie “The Waterboy” had the right strategy when he had his offense taking knees in the movie to keep his opponent’s most effective weapon useless.
To be fair, there were some teams who did run the ball this week to help run the clock out and win. Those teams were the Patriots (victim of Buffalo comeback ran for 183 yards), Da Bears (Forte 205 yards rushing and one Marion Barber Fail back flip attempt after a late TD rush) and the Ravens (Ray Lewis was O-coordinator in the 2nd half…..28-11 passes in 1st half, 17-4 ratio rush to pass at one point in the 4th). Force teams to have to work and score against your defense and special teams with as little time as possible to do it. It may not be the sexy way to do it, but a win’s a win and that’s all that counts in the National Football League.