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Yes, in last week's game against the Broncos, the plan was to hope that Peyton Manning handed off. But against the Texans, the Pats put their best run-stopping defense out there, and they were still gashed for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
Who knows, maybe run defense doesn't really matter in today's NFL. The Pats seem to keep on winning in spite of their inability to stop the run. But the same could be said of their pass defense the last few seasons, and that was always what ended up coming back to haunt them in the end.
Brandon Spikes is clearly nursing an injury and hasn't been as singlehandedly effective as he was before Denver. And try as they might, the rookie tackles and Isaac Sopoaga just don't have the size or technique to hold up.
There's only one answer: They're going to have to play a lot better in the playoffs, and if they don't, it will be lights out for the Patriots.