I was going over the Patriots season stats so far and something really stood out to me. We've all seen the dominant running game (save Denver) so it isn't that surprising when put into context. TOTAL FIRST DOWNS: Pats - 91 Opponents - 64 by Rushing: Pats - 37 Opponents - 16 by Passing: Pats - 49 Opponents - 40 by Penalty: Pats - 5 Opponents - 8 The most impressive thing to me is not only our number in the Rushing column, but the discrepency that is being created by our defense in that regard. So far this season we've managed a balanced attack overall and have been able to truly dominate on the ground. Opposing offenses are apparently being forced into a one dimensional approach towards moving the ball on us. This is a very good thing. After looking back at the season I think it's clear that when we run the ball and stop the run we aren't going to lose many games. And I think that when we run the ball it helps our D stop the run because the guys get a longer rest. The only game where we didn't run well has been Denver, and it's not shocking to hear that we didn't stop the run well in that game either. I think that the old axiom of 'run the ball well and stop the run' is our mantra of the season.