Panthers rushing attack vs. Patriots run defense
Carolina’s main running attack has taken a step back since Cam Newton took over, but it is still in the top-third of the NFL, running for 1,150 total yards. DeAngelo Williams has rushed for 565 yards this year, while QB Cam Newton is the team’s second leading rusher with 266 and Mike Tolbert is third with 213. The team has run for 10 rushing touchdowns, with Newton and Tolbert each accounting for four and Williams adding the last two.
The inverse of the Panthers, the Patriots run defense, severely hampered by the loss of Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork, has allowed the seventh most rushing yards in the NFL with 1,154 allowed. The Pats have also allowed opponents to rush for 4.3 yards per carry, also ranking them in the bottom-third of the league. They have given up just four rushing touchdowns, however, and have forced four fumbles on the year.