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Patriots roll to 16-3 lead in the rain

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The Patriots have faced questions about their passing game in the wake of tight end Rob Gronkowski’s season-ending knee injury, but they’ve found a pretty good way of avoiding them on Sunday.

Just give the ball to LeGarrette Blount. Blount has run the ball 15 times for 118 yards and a touchdown to help pace the offense to a 16-3 lead in the first half on a rainy day in New England. Stevan Ridley has added 48 more on six carries and Shane Vereen has another 44 yards from scrimmage during a big first half for the Patriots backfield.

The rain has had some impact on the ball handling as the Patriots have fumbled three times, with both Blount and Vereen putting the ball on the ground, but they have been able to recover all three loose balls. That bad luck, poor run defense and an erratic performance from quarterback Thad Lewis have conspired to put the Bills in a deep hole with 30 minutes left in their season.

If they don’t climb out, the Patriots will have assured themselves a first-round bye. Assuming Denver’s lead over Oakland hold up, they’ll have to settle for the second seed.

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9 Responses to “Patriots roll to 16-3 lead in the rain”
  1. nfl4days says: Dec 29, 2013 5:52 PM

    Patriots showing they’re still the patriots.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 29, 2013 5:53 PM

    Spygate.

  3. bspurloc says: Dec 29, 2013 5:55 PM

    not sure how brady is dealing with his hair getting wet…

  4. tedmurph says: Dec 29, 2013 6:12 PM

    Remember the TB fans laughing at the Pats taking on their ‘problem children’? Pats got Talib, Blount and a 7th rnd pick for JDemps, a 4th and a 7th. Who’s laughing now. Enjoy the playoffs, while wondering whether you a have a viable NFL HC or QB. How’d overpaying Revis work out? Talib’s going to the Pro Bowl.

  5. bspurloc says: Dec 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    Talib is a problem or did u not watch the last game.
    He pulls that in a playoff game he will be benched for good

  6. 8oneanddones says: Dec 29, 2013 6:44 PM

    Brady has never lost his division outright. In 2002 they lost via tiebraker. That’s it.

  7. bunkerhillbob says: Dec 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    Taking care of business vs an old rival, but it’s competitive. Nice game for Blount; his kickoff return was amazing.

  8. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:17 PM

    I will be sending an Edible Arrangement for Jeff Demps for choosing Track over football!

  9. bigwii says: Dec 29, 2013 7:21 PM

    Legarrette Blount over 300 total yards and Pro-Bowler Aquib Talib almost for free Go Pats! Thanks Tampa Bay!

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