New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for 4,053 yards and 30 touchdowns in the NFL season, but the team is still looking for a big play from its running game.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the New England running game:1.
The Patriots run the ball well.
Brady’s team has the NFL’s best rushing offense, averaging nearly 9.5 yards per carry and nearly a 1,000-yard rusher per game.
And while it’s not the most effective offensive unit in the league, it’s a unit that’s had success in recent years.
The team ranked third in the AFC East with a 6.3 yards-per-carry average in 2016.
The offense has averaged 3.9 yards per rush in Brady’s time in New England.2.
The running backs are a big part of the offense.
The Pats average 3.4 yards per touch on their runs, second only to the Detroit Lions (4.4).
But the running backs have also scored touchdowns on their carries, averaging 1.4 touchdowns per game during Brady’s tenure.
The only player to average more touchdowns per carry than Brady in New York is Adrian Peterson, who has averaged more than 4.0 yards per run.3.
It’s a team effort.
The quarterback has the ball on almost 75 percent of his team’s offensive plays, including 71.6 percent in the first quarter.
Brady has been the most efficient quarterback in the game, but he’s also been the best run-blocker in the team’s history.
The four-time Super Bowl MVP has been one of the most impactful players in the history of the Patriots.4.
They’ve had to use their run game a lot.
Since Brady’s arrival in New Orleans in 2007, the Patriots have been at or near the top of the league in yards per attempt, yards per play and yards per completion.
Brady leads the NFL in both categories.
The last time the Patriots topped 100 yards per game in the third quarter was during the 2001 season.5.
There are no guarantees the Patriots will win.
Brady is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.
The others are Jim Brown and Drew Brees.
Brady, however, will have to win back-to-back Super Bowls to be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The other two quarterbacks — Tony Romo and Jay Cutler — will be eligible as early as next year.6.
They’re the best defense in football.
Since 2005, the Pats have ranked first in the NFC East with an 11-2 record.
They have won four Super Bowl titles.
And they’ve won three of four Super Playoff series against teams that finished with losing records last season.
The defense is playing well.
The New England defense has allowed just 2.7 points per game, good for second in the division.7.
It takes a special team to beat the Patriots, which is exactly what the Patriots did Sunday.
Brady threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns on his way to his fourth career victory, the fourth game in a row the quarterback has led his team in passing touchdowns.
Brady also ran for his first touchdown of the season on the final play of the game.
Brady had the Patriots leading 14-7 late in the fourth quarter.8.
The Super Bowl was the best comeback of all time.
Brady was a rookie quarterback with the Patriots when he threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with just under two minutes remaining in the 2004 season finale.
But Brady didn’t have time to celebrate after throwing the touchdown pass.
The next play was called back because Brady’s foot was caught in a tackle by Patriots defensive end Robert Thomas.
Brady later said he was just trying to celebrate, but after the game he said he felt like he was “trying to grab some dirt.”