Actually, Einstein may not have said that ... doesn't matter, it's a solid theory.
Currently, the Dallas football Cowboys lead the National Football League in rushing the football on the football field during football games. Surely this means not only do they not stink, but is a sign of making the football playoffs, and winning football playoff games in the National Football League football playoffs.
(BTW - that is 13 times using the word "football" in three sentences, thank you very much.)
The answer to the theory is not a definitive yes, like I expected.
Despite the inherent advantages that come with running the football - time of possession, wearing out a defense - no team that has led the NFL in rushing this century has won the Superbowl football trophy.
Much to my surprise, of those 14 teams that have led the NFL in rushing during the regular football season this century, five did not make the playoffs. Four of those teams reached a conference title game, none reached the Super Bowl, and as mentioned above, no football championships on the football field.
Here is the hard-hitting, soul-sucking research that was expected to indicate the Cowboys would make the playoffs.
'14: Cowboys 800 yds., 4.9 yoc,. 160 ypg. 4-1.
'13: Eagles 2,566 yds., 5.1 ypc. 160.4 ypg. 10-6, won NFC East. NFC wildcard.
'12: Redskins 2,709 yds., 5.2 ypc., 169.3. ypg. 10-6, won NFC East. NFC wildcard.
'11: Broncos 2,632 yds., 4.8 ypc., 164.5 ypg. 8-8, no playoffs.
'10: Chiefs 2,627 yds., 4.7 ypc., 164.2. ypg. 10-6, won AFC West, reached AFC wildcard.
'09: Jets 2,756 yds., 4.5 ypc, 172.3 ypg. 9-7, AFC wildcard, reached AFC title game.
'08: NY Giants 2,518 yds., 5.0 ypc., 157.4. ypg. 12-4, won NFC East. Reached NFC divisional round.
'07: Vikings 2,634 yds., 5.3 ypc., 164.6 ypg. 8-8, no playoffs.
'06: Falcons 2,939 yds., 5.5 ypc., 183.7 ypg. 7-9, no playoffs.
'05: Falcons 2,546 yds., 4.8 ypc., 159.1 ypg. 8-8, no playoffs.
'04: Falcons 2,672 yds., 5.1 ypc., 167.0 ypg. 11-5, won NFC South, reached NFC title game.
'03: Ravens 2,674 yds., 4.8 ypc., 167.1 ypg. 10-6, won AFC Central, reached AFC wildcard.
'02: Vikings 2,507 yds., 5.3 ypc., 156.7 ypg. 6-10, no playoffs.
'01: Steelers 2,774 yds., 4.8 ypc., 173.4 ypg. 13-3, won AFC Central, reached AFC title game.
'00: Raiders 2,470 yds., 4.8 ypc., 154.4. ypg. 12-4, won AFC west, reached AFC title game.
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