Posted August 03, 2012 on AP on Fox

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Quarterback Tom Brady looks fine. The Patriots' passing attack should pick up right where it left off. No worries in that phase of the game across New England. The running game? Well, that's a different story. As is often the case in the Bill Belichick era, the backfield is in a state of flux. Players going. Players coming. You name it. Uncertainty rules the day. When New England (No. 2 in the AP Pro 32) was winning three Super Bowls in four years from 2002-2005, the team featured a power running game that could control the ball for long periods of time late in the game. Antoine Smith wasn't a Hall of Fame back, but he helped win two titles. Now, there's a void. Despite a 13-3 regular season and an AFC championship last year, New England had problems keeping the ball away from opponents at the end of games. A strong, reliable running game would have helped that. And then came the offseason. That's when Benjarvus Green-Ellis, the primary back for the past two years, departed for...
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Former NFL head coach Lindy Infante passes away at 75

Dion Lewis signs two-year contract extension with Patriots

Curry: Harden’s MVP talk ‘doesn’t change what happened’

Jason Garrett addresses Greg Hardy's comments about Tom Brady's wife

Owner on Deflategate: 'Made a mountain out of a mole hill'

Lee: Celtics will turn heads, have similarities to Warriors


Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Matt Hasselbeck went to E.R. with illness on Tuesday

Calipari on 2015-16 Kentucky basketball team: ‘We stink’

Reports: Andrew Luck out against Texans

Rodgers on INT-free season: ‘I don’t think it is’ possible

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Pirates fan dresses as Steve Bartman, fails to curse Cubs

LeBron takes in-game selfie with fans in Cincinnati

MLB postseason power rankings

NHL awards predictions for the 2015-16 season

Quiz: MLB pitchers with 100+ career postseason strikeouts

Top storyline for each Week 5 NFL game

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker