Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 10/19/12
Tough guys wear onesiesI've always heard that the way to tell a tough team is where they rank in rushing and where they rank in stopping the run.That's the tell tale sign of a physical team, that's tough to play. Over the past few years, the Patriots have not been particularly great in the rushing category. They've also usually been an average run defense.Not so far this year.The Patriots defense is fifth best in the league in fewest rushing yards per game (82.7), fourth best in terms of yards per carry allowed (3.2). They are the best in the NFL in yards after contact with 1.05. They have only allowed one rushing touchdown to a running back all year long (Ray Rice in Week 3). On top of that, the Patriots are one of only two teams (Houston being the other) that has yet to allow a 20 yard run.Keep in mind that the Patriots have in fact faced some good backs - Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Willis McGahee and Marshawn Lynch. All those guys are owned in people's fantasy leagues ...
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