Patriots relying heavily on balanced running game

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FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick gave the quintessential Belichick answer Saturday night when I asked him after the Patriots’ 43-22 beatdown of the Colts if the plan was to go heavy with the running game. The steady downpour and wind gusts certainly made running the football the more palatable game plan, and the Patriots rushed a season-high 46 times against the Colts.

“The plan is to always move the ball and score points,” Belichick replied. “Whatever is the best way to do that, that’s what we’re going to do.”

He’s being a bit of a wiseacre, but he’s right, of course. And if there’s one thing we have learned during the Patriots’ current three-game winning streak, it’s that the running game is now by far the best way for the team to move the ball and score points.

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