Fred Taylor Could Be Key in Helping the New England Patriots Defeat the Jaugars

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Fred Taylor #21 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after the handoff from Tom Brady #12 in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on September 27, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 26-10.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Well the holiday season is just about over and you know what that means, the NFL playoffs are right around the corner and like most of this decade the Patriots are gearing up for the push to the finish line.

As the Pats prepare for this weekends game against the Jacksonville Jaguars there are plenty of questions swirling around. The usual ones that have gone on for most of the year. Where does the offense go in the second half? Is Randy Moss not trying all the time?

The big question this week, though, is what is the status of Fred Taylor?

Taylor, who has been out since Week five with an ankle injury has been questionable the past couple of weeks. This past week, he had his best practice as he was out there for most of the week and it looks like he will be able to play as he is a game time decision right now. Taylor could be the difference maker this week.

After spending his entire season with the Jaguars, he came to New England this past offseason. The Pats were hoping Taylor could bolster the running game, and he did for the four weeks he played. Before Fred went down he had rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He was especially good in week three's victory over the Atlanta Falcons where he rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The running game hasn't been too good this year as the Patriots have been mostly a passing team first and this will hurt them in the postseason if they can't figure out how to pound the ball and kill the clock.

Taylor's best asset to the game tomorrow will be the fact that he has knowledge of the Jaguars playbook. After playing their for most of his career he has a great idea of what kind of plays the Jags run which could bode well for the Pats.

If Freddy can help the Pats defense out by letting them know what kind of plays the Jags might run and how many times they run them a game then it will give the Pats a great chance and with a victory help them clinch the AFC East title for the seventh time this decade.