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Patriots to rely heavily on running game in 2013

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11:01 AM ET 09.04 | The New England Patriots are set to take on the Buffalo Bills in their season-opener on Sunday afternoon and it is set up to be a big day for the offense - especially their rushing attack. One man that will shoulder plenty of the responsibility is running back Stevan Ridley, who the Patriots could turn in to a workhorse back. The backfield is expected to "shoulder a bit more pressure to perform this season." With the loss of many of Tom Brady's favorite targets on the outside, it will be as important as ever for the running game to succeed in New England, so we will have to see how it all plays out.

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September 4, 2013  05:06 PM ET

Is it Sunday yet?

September 4, 2013  05:14 PM ET
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Is it Sunday yet?

No, but there's NFL football tomorrow night.

September 4, 2013  05:23 PM ET

I thought this might be the case so i have Ridley on my fantasy teams.

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September 4, 2013  05:39 PM ET
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Not any more than last year. As long as Brady is slinging it the Pats will be a passing team (more than 50%) and a darn good one at that.

I agree. I haven't seen any signs of the passing attack being scaled back this summer.

September 4, 2013  05:54 PM ET
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I agree. I haven't seen any signs of the passing attack being scaled back this summer.

They seem to be coddling Amendola though. He looked wonderful in that one game and then I don't think I've seen him since.

Haven't heard if he's hurt already? Or just being careful with him?

September 4, 2013  06:10 PM ET
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They seem to be coddling Amendola though. He looked wonderful in that one game and then I don't think I've seen him since.Haven't heard if he's hurt already? Or just being careful with him?

He was hurt but it's nothing serious.

September 4, 2013  06:12 PM ET
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They seem to be coddling Amendola though. He looked wonderful in that one game and then I don't think I've seen him since.Haven't heard if he's hurt already? Or just being careful with him?

He's good to go, Hank.

September 4, 2013  07:05 PM ET
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He's good to go, Hank.

Until he gets hurt.

September 4, 2013  08:06 PM ET

It would be a BB move to emphasize the running game against weak opponents to keep future opponents guessing, then unleash Tom Terrific when they need him.

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September 4, 2013  10:08 PM ET
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Until he gets hurt.

I tend to agree. In the role they expect him to play, he's going to get hit hard. Welker always did.

Like I say though, in that one game he was the tonic for the troops. Wesley who?

Then seemingly you have the spectre of injury over him.

Maybe the run game carries them. Being plain vanillaish did not stop them from winning the big ones. But they have not had much luck with the high power, flashy look of recent years.

Going to be interesting to watch.

Got my NFL Sunday Ticket the other day. The only way to fly.

September 4, 2013  11:29 PM ET

Great strategy. Is the plan also to try to score more points than the other team?

September 5, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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He's good to go, Hank.

Then again, maybe he isn't. He's been limited in practice this week because of a groin injury. I still expect him to start, though.

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September 5, 2013  08:56 PM ET

3 fumbles in the first half of the Detroit game. That will slow down a running game

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