Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 8/8/13
Photo Credit: Chitose Suzuki, Boston Herald Chitose Suzuki In 2012, the Patriots ran more plays and scored more points than any team in the league. While much of their offense came from quarterback Tom Brady and the passing attack, New England did a surprising amount of damage on the ground. In fact, Seattle was the only team in the entire league with more rushing attempts. To be sure, part of that can be attributed simple volume. Again, the Pats ran a ton of plays – 1,191 to be exact. That’s the second most all-time, just eight shy of the Drew Blesdoe-led Pats of 1994 and a staggering 164 more than the league average. When you run that many plays, it should come as no surprise that you rank near the top in attempts. But it wasn’t simply a numbers game; the Patriots were actually fairly effective running the ball. Last season only 12 teams finished with a higher yards per carry average than New England’s 4.2 and only six teams had more total rushing yards. (The latter of which is pa...
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