Inside The Bills

Pats running game not forgotten

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2011 – 9:51 am

The New England passing game gets all the headlines and why wouldn’t it? Tom Brady had his highest two-game passing yardage total ever, which was also a franchise best with 940 yards through the air the first two games. But Bills fans should not forget what the Patriots running game did against Buffalo last season.

New England in the two matchups against the Bills in 2010 rushed for 200 and 217 yards on the ground in their two victories. The lopsided score early in the second meeting accounted for a lot more rushing by the Patriots, as they were looking to shorten the game. And everyone is well aware of the Buffalo’s run stopping problems a year ago.

Buffalo’s defensive players that were here a season ago still have a ton of respect for Brady and the passing game, but it hasn’t made them forget what the likes of Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead did to them last season.

“They open up the field by passing so much which makes you sit back and expect the pass and then Danny Woodhead does a great job of coming out of the backfield and running the slash plays and the power ‘O’s,” said Bryan Scott. “Whenever we’re on the field we have to do a great job of slowing… they’re going to get their yards. If we can slow down their passing game and then focus in on the run and stop it I think we’ve got a great shot.”  

New England is currently ranked 16th in the league in rushing. Green-Ellis averaged 101 rushing yards in the two meetings last season (202 total).

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