RB Brandon Bolden - Miami Dolphins
|5-11, 222||Born: 1-26-1990||College: Mississippi||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. Frank Gore and Kenyon Drake have come together to form what has been a very solid, if unspectacular backfield for the Dolphins this season. Combined, the duo has rushed for 1,055 yards on 235 carries (4.3 ypc) with four touchdowns, although all four touchdowns have been scored by Drake. Gore can still get you four yards per carry on nearly every touch, and despite being 34 years old with a ton of wear and tear on his body, he is as healthy as a horse heading into week 14. The Dolphins coaching staff seems content with letting Gore handle around 65% of the carries, and then inserting Drake in as a change of pace back and on passing downs. While the running game is not enough to scare opposing defenses, it has been surprisingly effective in leading the Dolphins to a 6-6 record as they host the Patriots in a game that could keep them alive in the AFC East. The Dolphins offensive line has exceeded modest expectations and currently rank 17th in adjusted rushing yards, while ranking 21st in open field yards, which is layman's terms means the offensive line is actually playing slightly better than the running backs. The New England run defense has been a strong point for the Patriots in the second half of the season as they have allowed just two running backs to rush for over 60 yards since Week 7. The Patriots are playing well but also benefitting from positive game scripts where opposing teams have been forced to throw the ball in the second half. Last week, Dalvin Cook had them on the ropes in the first half, ripping off 73 yards on 10 touches, but he was limited to 33 yards in the second half on his remaining eight touches. The Patriots rank second in the NFL in touchdowns allowed to opposing running backs, giving up only five rushing touchdowns, ranking just behind the Chicago Bears, who have allowed only four rushing touchdowns. The Dolphins have been successful running the football this season, but even with an overachieving offensive line, they face a difficult test against the Patriots. In their first matchup, the Patriots kept Frank Gore and Kenyon Drake to a total of 44 yards on 14 carries in their 38-7 win. With the Dolphins operating at a lethargic pace on offense, this sets up as a great matchup for the Patriots to shutdown the Miami running game and clinch first place in the AFC East.
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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Brandon Bolden's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Latest NewsDolphins | Two touchdowns for Brandon Bolden (Sun Dec 9, 05:03 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Brandon Bolden rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on two carries against the New England Patriots in Week 14. Our View: Bolden ruined the value of the Dolphins running game, but looked faster and quicker than we ever remembered him with the Patriots.
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