This has been my theory for awhile, but let me now make it explicit. Great pass blocking is much more important than great run blocking. When you're great at run blocking, you can average 4.4 yards per carry instead of 3.6. Over the course of a game, this gets you a few extra first downs, and maybe 3 to 10 extra points. It also raises your time of possession. When you're great at pass blocking, your quarterback can play as Brady played yesterday against the Jets. You can march down the field for many TDs a game, instead of just one or two TDs. Over the course of a game, this gets you an extra 14 to 24 points. A good defense can stop the run if they really want to. Running attacks force defenses to adjust, but they are not unstoppable. A good defense can't usually stop a great passing attack, even if they want to. The Colts realize this: protect Manning and not too much else matters too much. The Patriots have been geared this way for years in terms of the type of O-linemen they draft. How many teams have won Super Bowls without a great running attack? (e.g. 2001 Patriots, 2003 Patriots) How many teams have won Super Bowls when their quarterback was under seige, getting sacked all day? (None?) We're about to think more highly of the Patriots O-line this year than we used to, and it's not because of their run blocking (which yesterday paved the way for Maroney to average like 3.1 per carry after his first touch).