Unknown runner stakes Patriots to early lead

AP

The pushing and shoving you could have expected.

But raise your hand if you had Brandon Bolden with the first score in your pool.

OK, we’ll proceed.

The undrafted rookie running back from Ole Miss just plowed in from 2 yards out to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead.

There hasn’t been much of the way of offense, with just one play of more than 12 yards — that being Wes Welker’s 59-yard catch down the sidelines.

The Patriots seem to take pride in getting production from strange and unusual sources, and Bolden was in the game while Stevan Ridley was standing on the sidelines.