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Ground and Pound: Jets Once Again Lead League in Rushing Yards

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What do you get when you combine the following?

  • An offensive line comprised of young Pro-Bowlers such as OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold, as well as savvy veterans such as OT Damien Woody and G Brandon Moore for some leadership mixed in.

  • Five-time Pro Bowl RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who is motivated to stick it to his former team and win a Super Bowl ring.

  • A young, powerful, downhill runner in RB Shonn Greene.

  • An athletic, mobile QB calling the shots behind center in QB Mark Sanchez.

The result: The No. 1 ranked rushing offense at 165.2 ypg. 

This is nothing new. Jets lead the NFL in rushing yards throughout most of last season also. While they may have done a lot of re-structuring at the running back position, this is still the same team that can either punch you in the mouth in between the tackles or run east-south to the outside coming off the edge.

Furthermore, they keep opposing defenses off-balance with versatile WR Brad Smith operating out of the Wildcat formation.

The NFL may be a passing league now. However, when you execute the "ground-and-pound" gameplan,  control the clock and keep the other team's offense off the field, you can win games. A lot of them.