BY THE NUMBERS: A Closer Look at the Running Game vs Saints

Ian Logue
August 10, 2012 at 10:36am ET

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Above shows last night's totals by direction during the team's win over the Saints.


Given the state of New England's offensive line, it was a pleasant surprise to see the success that the Patriots were able to have running the football last night.

Shane Vereen led all runningbacks as he appears poised to push Stevan Ridley for more playing time this season, and for those who are interested here's a closer look at how things broke down between each player:

TOTAL RUSHING

Shane Vereen: 11 carries for 64 yards (5.8 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 8 carries for 40 yards (5.0 avg)
Brandon Bolden: 8 carries for 23 yards (2.9 avg)
Danny Woodhead: 1 carry for 3 yards (3.0 avg)

Here's how it broke down by direction:

LEFT END:

Shane Vereen: 2 carries for 19 yards (9.5 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 1 carry for 8 yards (8.0 avg)

LEFT TACKLE

Brandon Bolden: 2 carries for 4 yards (2.0 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 1 carry for 2 yards (2.0 avg)

LEFT GUARD

Shane Vereen: 4 carries for 34 yards (8.5 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 2 carries for 6 yards (3.0 avg)

MIDDLE

Stevan Ridley: 1 carry for 4 yards (4.0 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry for 4 yards (4.0 avg)
Brandon Bolden: 2 carries for -1 yards (-.05 avg)

RIGHT GUARD

Stevan Ridley: 2 carries for 17 yards (8.5 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry for 10 yards (10.0 avg)
Danny Woodhead: 1 carry for 3 yards (3.0)

RIGHT TACKLE

Brandon Bolden: 2 carries for 13 yards (6.5 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 1 carry for 3 yards (3.0 avg)
Shane Vereen: 2 carries for 2 yards (1.0 avg)

RIGHT END

Brandon Bolden: 1 carry for 6 yards (6.0 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry for -5 yards (-5.0 avg)

Here's a look by down:

FIRST DOWN

Shane Vereen: 6 carries for 30 yards (5.0 avg)
Brandon Bolden: 4 carries for 20 yards (5.0 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 4 carries for 18 yards (4.5 avg)

SECOND DOWN

Shane Vereen: 4 carries for 39 yards (9.8 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 4 carries for 22 yards (5.5 avg)
Brandon Bolden: 4 carries for 3 yards (0.8 avg)

THIRD DOWN

Danny Woodhead: 1 carry for 3 yards (3.0 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry for -5 yards (-5.0 avg)

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