Ridley, Bolden Making Believers of the Patriots Running Game

October 3, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It shouldn’t be a surprise.
Paced by Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley, the Patriots gained 247 yards on the ground as both eclipsed 100 yards on the afternoon. It was the first time since 1980 New England had two running backs with at least 100 rushing yards when Don Calhoun (106 yards) and Vegas Ferguson (100) combined for the accomplishment.
It’s wise to hesitate when evaluating the ability of young players with little to nothing accomplished in the NFL; but for second-year Ridley and rookie Bolden, they quickly showed talent with the ball in their hands.
With offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels running the ball more than expected, Ridley and Bolden likely will share the workhorse role in the backfield. The Patriots are ahead of the pace set last year—576 yards to 481—and New England’s rush offense is ranked eighth in the NFL.
If New England can continue to run the ball effectively, the ground game will be respected, not just keepin...

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