Re: L. Blount will be huge in this game.
posted at 1/17/2014 5:34 PM EST
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The Pats have had a legit running game since they drafted Ridley and Vereen. THis year it was stacked.... ANd with BLount blossoming it is peaking. Blount is the closest thing I have seen to Jim Nance since Jim Nance. A big runner with power and once he gets a head of steam can outrun many DBs. Nance did all that till multiple injuries ended his career. He should have been a HOFer...
What the Pats are lacking in the running game is a strong C and RG and nothing really to speak of at TE. Too bad Crumpler could not come back for a month or two.
I disagree with your assessment of the TEs and the overall line play. I've watched numerous shows breaking down New England's running game and both Hooman and Mulligan as well as Develin at FB have been doing a good job with their blocks. Also most of Blounts yards have been going right up the middle. So lineman pulling and the middle of the line have to be doing something right. Could they upgrade the center and right guard positions? Sure, but I don't think this current offensive line is getting nearly enough credit for opening those gaping holes!
also gotta credit Blount for being patience. Listen to logie and he sounds like a guy who loves to block for Blount and others.,....not so much. He can stop, wait for a block to develop and then still have enough burst to get to the hole. Some backs take years to develop that patience.
I was thinking the same thing about Blount's patience. It's really a big part of why he is so effective.
For those of you who didn't see this stat posted by Don Banks of Sports Illustrated regarding how Denver has done against effective running teams, I hope MCD is patient enough with it. All week many of us have been hearing the Pats may look more to exploit Denver's beat up secondary. I think we will see a nice balance of both.
"In their seven losses the past two seasons, the Broncos are giving up almost 148 yards rushing per game."