Ridley rips up big yardage

October, 28, 2012
10/28/12
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LONDON -- Running back Stevan Ridley finished with 127 yards on 15 carries in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Rams, for an impressive 8.5-yard average. He had runs of 20, 30 and 41 yards in the game, as the big play was delivered both by air and ground.

Stevan Ridley
AP Photo/Alastair GrantAfter a slow start, Stevan Ridley blitzed the Rams with three runs of 20 yards or more.
Ridley's big-play performance helped contribute to a balanced attack -- the Patriots had 38 pass attempts for 321 yards, and 28 carries for 152 yards.

Things didn't start well for Ridley as he was dropped for no gain on his first carry. The second rush went for just 2 yards.

But then came the breakout.

"The offensive line figured it out up front, and any time you start a game, there is a defensive game plan and that's what we do a great job of -- making the proper adjustments," Ridley explained. "[Coaches] normally hit it on the head after they see what the defense is throwing at them, to see how we need to get the plays blocked so we can get downhill and run the football. It was a phenomenal job by the five up front."

That five consisted of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Donald Thomas, center Ryan Wendell, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

Ridley detailed one of the big adjustments Sunday.

"Up front, they run a lot of games," Ridley said of the Rams' defensive line. "They were moving a lot up front and there were a lot of bodies in there. It was kind of cluttered. For us, our offensive line just had to figure it out. It takes some time. They're playing too. We figured it out, got the creases, and hit it hard."

When a defensive line runs a lot of games, Ridley said the key is to keep pounding.

"You just have to keep running hard and believing in your teammates that they're going to figure it out," he said. "It's awesome to run behind that offensive line."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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