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Five big picture takeaways from the 2024 Orange and Blue Game

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Any time a team plays itself, you have the classic circular reasoning conundrum. If someone breaks off a long run, is it because the offensive line is good or the defensive front is bad? If a receiver gets a touchdown, was it a good route or bad coverage? If an edge rusher gets a sack, is it from good execution up front or from bad line play? And because all sacks are touch-sacks, was it even valid at all?

With all of that stipulated, I got a general sense of balance from the game. There were times when the offense had the upper hand, and there were times when the defense did.