Patriots run defense struggling with Bush up next
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Earlier this season, the Patriots ranked among the NFL's leaders in rushing defense. They hadn't allowed an opposing running back to surpass 100 yards in 21 straight games dating to last year.
The last two weeks, the other team has run all over them. New England is now ranked 19th in the league against the run, allowing 117.6 yards per game.
Washington rookie Roy Helu exposed the Patriots two weeks ago by gashing the defense for 126 of the Redskins' 170-yard rushing total. Then came Denver's top-ranked running game.