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Running game gaining consistency

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  December 14, 2009 01:08 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- With all of the attention given to the lack of production out of Randy Moss yesterday, the impact of the running game took a backseat.

But the running back committee put up one of its most consistent performances this season behind Laurence Maroney's 94 yards on 22 carries and Kevin Faulk's 58 yards on 10 carries. Faulk's 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter tied the game at 7-7.

With this week's game in Buffalo and another game at Gillette Stadium the following week, weather could be a concern and having a running game to fall back on will be key. The forecast in Buffalo for Sunday is a 40 percent chance of snow showers and a high of 25 and low of 21 degrees.

"You've got to take that into consideration at this time of year even back in October when we played Tennessee, there are times like last year in Buffalo where it was almost impossible to throw the ball," Bill Belichick said. "Even in the pregame warmups [at Buffalo last year], I mean to get the ball from here to there was almost impossible. So how many plays like that are you going to call.

"The elements could certainly have an effect on the game plan at this time of year. We're playing in New England, playing in Buffalo like we are the next couple of weeks, I think you've got to take that into consideration, absolutely." 


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