New England Patriots: Pats' Rushing Game Absent Against Rams

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIAugust 27, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26:  Kevin Faulk #33 of the New England Patriots carries the ball in the first half against the St. Louis Rams on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Rams defeated the Patriots 36-35. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Well, you can forget New England's rushing game after tonight's performance against the St. Louis Rams. There were high expectations on the Patriots' running attack entering week three against the Rams after two weeks of solid running, but nothing gave. 

You can look at the final score and say, "well New England's offense faired well, they put up 35 points". Well, look even deeper. 

The Patriots rushed for a mere total of 28 yards against the below average run defense presented by the Rams. 

New England averaged only 2.5 yards per carry; that's awful. 

New England's top runners were BenJarvus Green-Ellis (13 yards) and Sammy Morris (12 yards). 

Sammy Morris recorded New England's longest rushing attempt with five yards. 

You can look at New England's offensive performance two ways: one being how they were able to put up 35 points, but remember it is the Rams. Or, two being how they were unable to establish a running game against the previously 1-15 Rams. 

Yes, Tom Brady was near perfect tonight with a 158 passer rating, but the Pats were not balanced whatsoever. 

Being realistic, you can't expect New England to put up passing numbers similar to the record breaking season in 2007, but they can come close.

But, if they want to succeed this season, they need to have a quality running game. Tonight, they did not. 

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