This season, highlights of the Patriots consist of Tom Brady throwing the ball, and their defense getting lit up by opposing quarterbacks.
What flies under the radar is this offense is ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing.
The reason this stat goes unnoticed is because there is no telling who will be running the ball for the Patriots each week.
While there is never assurance as to who will run the ball for the Pats, there is, however, a bright light at the end of the tunnel. This bright light happens to be rookie third round pick Stevan Ridley.
During the first quarter of the season, Ridley has rushed the ball 18 times for 148 yards. That's an average of 8.2 yards per carry.
A majority of this came at the Oakland Raiders expense last weekend when Ridley ran for 97 yards and a touchdown on just ten carries.
This Sunday, the Patriots go against the New York Jets whose reputation precedes them. In years past, the Jets defense has been known as a hard-nosed, run stopping unit.
This season, it seems as if they are the exact opposite. In their first four games, the Jets defense has allowed 125 yards per game on the ground, ranking 27th in the league. I
n addition, they have allowed six rushing touchdowns, five of which, were to opposing running backs.
As his workload is obviously increasing, many people still may not be completely sold on Ridley. This is certainly justifiable as Ridley has only recorded one good game so far.
On the other hand, Ridley's matchup this weekend gives him great upside, especially if you have a starting running back on a bye week.