Last year opposing teams got so far behind on the scoreboard that they were almost obligated to give up on the rushing attack and focus on passing to keep up with the Patriots scoring sprees thus the Pats Defense ranking of 4th in the league against the run was mostly due to this very fact that those teams could simply not use the rush against the 2007 Pats and very few opposing teams tried - they abandoned the run early and there was absolutely no pressure on the Pats front D to worry about it since teams were down by 10 or 20 way too fast last year. With that said,I think a big part of the success of the 2008 Patriots will rely on stopping the run since I think the Pats offense is going to be much more balanced with run and pass thus taking a bit more time on the field to score and resulting in far less runaway games on the scoreboard and more 3-7 point games than the 10-30 point drubbings of last year,I don't see 500 points on offense this year,more like the mid decade type of offense even though we still have Moss and Welker,I think this year will not be close to last year in stats and points and there will be lots of close games. Do you think there may lie a problem that was not seen last year because of the blowouts? - In other words when this teams front 7 is asked more often than last year to stop the run in crucial situations can they do it consistently? It will be interesting to see what the changes in defense do and if it was lucky or not that we did not have to worry about stopping the run last year and we will see if the front D truly are a top 5 defense against the run THIS year.