Patriots Run Defense Struggling

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Earlier this season, the Patriots ranked among the NFL’s leaders in rushing defense. They hadn’t allowed an opposing running back to surpass 100 yards in 21 straight games dating to last year.

The last two weeks, the other team has run all over them. New England is now ranked 19th in the league against the run, allowing 117.6 yards per game.

Next up are the Miami Dolphins and Reggie Bush, who has rushed for a career-high 973 yards this season, including 203 and a 76-yard touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Washington rookie Roy Helu exposed the Patriots two weeks ago by gashing the defense for 126 of the Redskins’ 170-yard rushing total. Then came Denver’s top-ranked running game.

Source: Associated Press