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New England Patriots: 6 Reasons to Run the Ball More
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In 2011, the New England Patriots proved to have a potent aerial attack, amassing 5,257 passing yards. With quarterback Tom Brady still taking the snaps and new receivers in the fold, 2012 should be more of the same.

Although another facet of New England's offense could rise to the occasion come September: the ground game.

There's thunder and lighting in the the Patriots' backfield,  and if head coach Bill Belichick wants to keep opposing defenses on their heels, utilizing his running backs will be key.

Here are six reasons why the Patriots should run the ball more in 2012.

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