In the most recent game, the Patriots’ rushing production was above average. Stevan Ridley carried the ball a season-high 26 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while the team finished with a season-high 197 yards on the ground. Ridley now has 514 yards (4.4 average), which projects to a year-end total of 914 yards.
While he struggled in the early going with a fumble in Week 1 that got him benched, he has proven to be a one of the best in the league at making opposing defenders miss tackles (17 on 118 carries).
LeGarrette Blount, who has been a spot-starter and the team's kickoff returner, has 305 yards on 70 carries. He hasn't had one bad day for the Patriots, rushing hard between the tackles and surprising opponents by breaking off multiple runs of 20 yards or more. His 40-yard touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons was a back-breaker. And his 4.4 yards per carry has given coach Bill Belichick a solid option to spell Ridley.
Brandon Bolden, whom the Patriots have used on third downs, in the hurry-up, and in passing situations, has struggled with consistency. He missed the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury, returning against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to have his most prolific day statistically, rushing for 51 yards on only three carries. He has 17 receptions on 23 targets, but an alarming four drops. He's been good for the Patriots when they've opted to use him on draw plays, as was the case in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but spotty elsewhere. He has 205 yards rushing on 38 carries.