Don't sleep on NE running game

October, 13, 2011
10/13/11
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IRVING, Texas -- Tom Brady, Tom Brady, Tom Brady.

Whenever a team prepares for New England, Brady is the focus of the week and for good reason.

But what gets lost when talking about the Patriots offense is the running game. It’s not too shabby either. Just ask the New York Jets.

The Jets geared up to stop Brady and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 136 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

“Brady gets the recognition because the run game is successful too,” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “You don’t want him to throw for 475 yards on you so you play nickel with a lot of defensive backs and those big linemen get to the secondary and get on the little guys creating space. We have to be real good up front when they want to run the ball.”

That has not been a problem this year. The Cowboys have the best ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing only 61.8 yards a game on the ground. San Francisco’s Frank Gore and Detroit’s Jahvid Best have had the most yards with 47 yards.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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