Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/11/12
The New England Patriots are running the ball as well through the first month-plus of 2012 as they have at any point dating back to Corey Dillon's franchise-record 1,635 yards in 2004. Second-year back Stevan Ridley leads the way with 490 yards on 102 carries, averaging 4.8 yards a carry. Undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden has chipped in with 206 yards, and change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead has 119 yards. New England has topped 200 yards rushing in each of the past two weeks, the first time that's happened for the team since 1978. Returning offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made it pretty clear this offseason that he wanted to improve the effort a ground attack that saw lead back BenJarvus Green-Ellis average just 3.7 a carry a year ago, to bring a better, complementary balance to the offense. "It's always great to have a plan and to say you're going to get better at something, but it always just doesn't happen," Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins said Thursday. "It takes a lot o...
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