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Breaking Down the Many Faces of the New England Patriots Running Game
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The New England Patriots have successfully integrated four running backs into their offense in 2012. All of them have scored multiple touchdowns during the first half of the season as runners or receivers.

By sheer volume of plays, there is enough work to go around for plenty of players to get stats. New England has run 91 more plays (613) than any other team in the NFL this season.

The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets are tied for second with 522.

Yet, the Patriots lead the NFL by just three attempts on third down (117; the Jets have 114) and boast the second-best third-down conversion percentage (49; the Pittsburgh Steelers converted 52) when they do get to those situations.

Unsurprisingly, New England’s offense is the highest scoring unit in the NFL—this machine is humming.

Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead have all contributed to the Patriots offense with their respective allotment of touches.

Here’s a look at their individual numbers.

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