The New England Patriots are 6-1, atop the NFL boasting the league’s best record following a 27-16 road victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. New England’s win came in large part to running back LeGarrette Blount exacting revenge on his former team.
The Steelers released the veteran running back in November 2014, less than 24 hours after he left the field before the end of Pittsburgh’s Week 11 victory against the Tennessee Titans.
Blount pounded the Steelers defense all afternoon in Week 7, amassing 127 yards on the ground with 2 touchdowns while adding 1 catch and 7 yards.
The power back burst through running lanes paved by the Patriots offensive line and stellar tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also took time to credit fullback James Develin in a Tuesday conference call.
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Develin only played 11 snaps on Sunday. The fact he was able to impress McDaniels in such a limited role certainly speaks to the impact he was able to make on the field. Develin will likely play an important role in the Patriots run game in Week 8 as well against the Buffalo Bills. Rex Ryan’s team is 27th in the league, allowing 125.0 rushing yards per game this season.