When this season began, who could have imagined the New England Patriots' postseason hopes would be riding on veteran bull LeGarrette Blount. That is exactly what their season has come down to.
With Tom Brady struggling to get his timing down with his new, young receivers early in the season, and having Rob Gronkowski (knee) and Danny Amendola (groin) go down for extended periods of time, the Patriots offense has come to rely heavily on the power running game.
Heck, even if it came to that, it was supposed to be Stevan Ridley doing the damage. If not Ridley, then Shane Vereen—or maybe even Brandon Bolden. Few could have looked any further down the depth chart.
Nope. It has clearly been Blount—as in blunt force.
Blount rushed a season-high 24 times for 189 yards in the Patriots' season finale against the Buffalo Bills, who were equally ineffective against the run this season as the Indianapolis Colts were. The Colts, 26th against the run, were one of eight teams (with the Bills, 2,063) to allow over 2,000 yards rushing this season (2,002).
Meanwhile, the Patriots, a team unsure of whom its feature back was for most of the season because of Ridley's fumble issues, finished as a top-10 rushing offense.
This is a huge mismatch you can expect Belichick to exploit, especially with rainy and sloppy conditions in the Foxboro, Mass. forecast. It could be a long evening for Colts nose tackle Franklin Aubrayo and inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a former player in the Canadian Football League, as the Pats play keep away from Andrew Luck.