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Brady: Running game opens doors for offense

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 4, 2011 09:28 AM

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is pleased with the team's progress following Sunday's victory over the Raiders, but acknowledged a Week 5 showdown with the Jets is on his mind.

"We're excited to build on it," he said during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio's Dennis and Callahan program. "We're so early in the season still. We've got a huge one this weekend. This is one we've got to go get."

The Jets bounced the Patriots from the playoffs in January after the teams split last season's two regular-season games.

Brady said having the running game find its form vs. the Raiders has made the Patriots stronger.

"I thought we did a great job balancing the game out," he said. "For the first time in four weeks, it was really a game that (running) was a big part of what we were trying to accomplish. We were able to run the ball inside, outside, all the different backs ran it and they ran it well, so that's how you become a great offense."

Stevan Ridley rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and BenJarvus Green-Ellis added 75 and a touchdown in a 31-19 victory over the Raiders. In addition to paving the road for the backs, the Patriots' offensive line allowed only one sack and four quarterback hits.

"What happens is you're able to use your entire playbook," Brady said. "If it's just a drop-back pass game, then there goes a lot of the play-action pass, there goes some of your specific game-plan type calls that maybe you really like against certain defense."

Brady also said he'd planned to go to a high school football game while in California because his high school, Junipero Serra in San Mateo, was playing a school near the Patriots' hotel.

"It would have been fun for me to go and see, we were playing our archrival, well, not really our archrival because they've beat us like 40 times in the last 42 years. I was going to go check it out, (but) we got in late. They won anyway ... I texted the coach after the game and said congrats, I wish I could have been there to see it."

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