MusketFire: Can the New England Patriots Rushing Attack Carry Them?

Can the New England Patriots Rushing Attack Carry Them?

The New England Patriots are on the bye week during week ten of the NFL season and are in first place in the AFC East with a 7-2 record. Having beaten Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last week, the Patriots have the number one seed in their grasp with that valuable head-to-head tiebreaker for home field throughout the playoffs. However, the schedule looks intimidating with matchups against the AFC South leading Indianapolis Colts, NFC North powerhouses Detroit and Green Bay, travelling across the country to face the San Diego Chargers, the surprising Dolphins and then after the Jets in week fifteen, the Patriots close out the season with the resurgent Buffalo Bills.

With this difficult stretch of the season coming post-bye week for the Patriots the team needs to be able to pull out victories in difficult environments. Quarterback Tom Brady and the passing offense showed how they can thrive despite the cold and wind last week against Denver as the Patriots offense saw four different receivers catch five or more passes as Brady threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. However, as the team goes on the road to play Indianapolis, Green Bay, San Diego, and the Jets the offense needs to be able to quiet the loud crowds in opposing stadiums.

One way to do that is to run the ball effectively.