RB Patrick Pass - New England Patriots

5-10, 215Born: 12-31-1977College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 7, pick

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Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Patriots may have made a shift away from Sony Michel this past week as the running back for the third time in four games had 10 carries or less and for the second week in a row, Michel had 20% or less of the snaps on the field. Some of this had to do with the game script with the Patriots falling behind early and Michel being limited as a receiver, but the larger story has just been the inability for Michel to consistently move the ball. Both James White and Rex Burkhead provide more skills as both blockers and receivers than Michel and with the Patriots struggling on offense, part of it has been predictability that they are likely going to run the ball with Michel in the game. It is not all Michel's fault, as the offensive line since losing David Andrews to start the year has struggled with consistency leading the slashing running backs who have more speed in Burkhead and White more valuable to this team. Michel will still play a role when the Patriots have a lead as he is the better runner between the tackles and to push the pile forward. The Bengals run defense continues to be one of the worst in the league as Nick Chubb torched them for 106 yards on just 15 carries last week and was a major factor in the Browns winning the game. On the season, the Bengals have allowed the fifth-most rushing yards to opposing running backs and have allowed eight running backs to rush for 75 yards or more on the season. The issue for the Bengals is that their linebacking group is one of the weakest in Nick Vigil and Shawn Williams have both struggled mightily which have led to the Bengals being susceptible to long plays such as the 57 yard run from Nick Chubb last week. The defensive line is the strength of this team with Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, but if you can get past those two, there are big plays to be had.

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Schedule

15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs Miami Dolphins