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Stevan Ridley has emerged as a top running back in his second pro season. He's not the only Patriots rusher Texans coach Gary Kubiak has to worry about.
The revived New England ground game, with Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden as backups, has brought balance to an offense that relied more heavily on quarterback Tom Brady in recent years.
Ridley, in his second pro season, is third in the AFC with 1,010 yards rushing going into Monday night's game between the Texans (11-1), who have the best record in the AFC and have clinched a playoff berth, and the Patriots (9-3), who have locked up the AFC East title.
''He's a heck of a player,'' Kubiak said. ''They've had a few different backs back there. It's what they do. It's almost like anybody they put back there is successful. They play young guys. Tom has got them in the right play all the time. They're not only running the ball well, but those backs out of the backfield catch the ball...
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The New England Patriots might be missing a few receivers, but the running back group has increased today ahead of the Monday night game vs the Houston Texans.Patriots activated RB Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2012After a four game suspension, rookie RB Brandon Bolden is back for the Patriots. He joins up with Stevan Ridley...
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Donald Trump had the right idea in mind when he wished the New England Patriots good luck before the team’s “Monday Night Football” game against the Houston Texans, but he made one mistake. He called Bill Belichick “Bob” for some reason:
Good Luck to Bob Kraft, Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2012
I guess Trump...
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Houston Texans (11-1) @ New England Patriots (9-3)
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