Struggling Patriots Offense Must Turn to Stevan Ridley, Running Game for Boost

November 2, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Tom Brady and the Patriots passing offense remain the center of attention for their up-and-down play, but on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers—and until their passing game gets its mojo back—their best bet is to call on a heavy dose of Stevan Ridley and the running game.
The Patriots have racked up 30 rush attempts or more in five games this season and are 5-0 in those games. They haven't reached that number more than nine times in a season since 2006. They have also racked up over 130 yards rushing in five games this season, and haven't done so more than eight times in a season since 2004. 
When their running game is on point, they're hard to beat. If they want to sharpen that point, they should be giving the ball to Ridley more often than weeks past.
Up until last week, there didn't seem to be much separating Stevan Ridley from LeGarrette Blount outside of the eyeball test. They each averaged 4.1 yards per carry, but through Week 4, the two had al...

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