FBG says: Bad matchup. Le'Veon Bell as a running back has yet to have the success that he has had in his time in Pittsburgh as he is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and so far this season is struggling to get the timing with his new offensive line. Matt Bitonti has this unit as a bottom-five offensive line and they were torched by the Browns who were often in the backfield before the Jets had a chance to move the ball. Bell had just 3.2 yards per carry with his longest run being just 8 yards. The Browns were able to stack the box with the ineffective passing offense of the Jets.
The Patriots defense might be one of the best that we have seen in a long time. Through two games, they have allowed just three points and are loaded with talent across the board. So far this year, the Patriots have allowed just 37 rushing yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. Adam Butler and Danny Shelton are both doing a tremendous job in eating space which has been freeing up linebackers D'onta Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, and Jamie Collins to clean up the tackles in space and if a run even starts to approach the third level it is quickly cleaned up by Patrick Chung who is one of the best run-stopping safeties in the league. This is a defense that top to bottom is immensely talented and one that will be difficult to run against all year.