Patriots achieve offensive balance

Ground game a clear part of the 2010 equation thanks to team effort

Updated: August 20, 2010, 11:03 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- Sometimes you just have to be able to knock 'em in the mouth. This is football, after all.

The New England Patriots' offense has effectively done so through the first two preseason games, proving that "Hard Knocks" isn't reserved solely for their bombastic AFC East rival New York Jets.

While the Patriots have picked up chunk yardage with big strikes in the passing game, most encouraging for Bill Belichick's boys has been their ability to churn it out on the ground as well. ...

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