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New England Patriots – Since 2009 the Patriots are 16-0 when having 30 or more rushing attempts per game, which means they are 13-10 overall in games where they failed to reach 30 attempts.
Why did I bring this up? After every loss since 2009 in which the Patriots went on to win the next game, they have stayed grounded, carrying the ball 30 or more times in five of six of those games resulting in a 6-0 record. In Week 3 they lost to the Buffalo Bills with 26 carries, and Week 4 they followed up with 30 carries in a win over Oakland.
This past weekend the Patriots lost to Pittsburgh 25-17, rushing the football a season low 12 times, which now begs the question—will the Patriots hit the ground heavy versus the New York Giants in Week 9?
Miami Dolphins – Reggie Bush recorded his second 100-yard rushing game (103) of his career against the New York Giants in Week 8—a stretch that covered 51 games dating back to Week 15 of his rookie season in 2006. Bush has received 75 carries after seven games with the Dolphins, the most over the last three seasons of Bush’s career at this point of the season.
Buffalo Bills – How good is running back Fred Jackson playing? With his 721 yards after seven games played in 2011, he tops any amount after seven games by ex-Buffalo Bills, Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas. Thomas' best start after seven games was in 1993 with 695, the last of four trips to the Super Bowl for the Buffalo Bills.
New York Jets – With the Jets traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills in Week 9, it’s worth mentioning that Rex Ryan is 0-2 coming off bye weeks. Quarterback Mark Sanchez hasn’t exactly overwhelmed the opponent either, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions when the Jets are coming off a bye week.