FOXBORO -- When Danny Amendola went down in Week 5 with a separated shoulder, that took away the Rams' go-to receiver for the last two games.
A more well-balanced offensive attack in St. Louis.
That balance hasn't necessarily translated into wins, however. Still, Patriots coach Bill Belichick pointed out on Thursday that he expects to see the ball spread out to the rest of the offense on Sunday, similar to how their opponent last weekend -- the New York Jets -- spread the ball out with Santonio Holmes injured.
"I think they've done a good job of spreading the ball around," said Belichick. "They really use everybody. They use all their receivers. It looks like they have a lot of confidence in all of them . . . They work the ball around pretty good.
"I don't think that they're just locked into one guy. Although, Amendola's clearly a go-to guy for them. But I'd say, since Amendola's injury, it looks like they've done a good job of spreading the ball around. They seem to be really more balanced now, instead of having one go-to guy.
"They have an explosive team," added Belichick. "It's a well-balanced team. And their balance is probably a little bit better now, without Amendola. Although, I'm sure they miss his play-making skills. I'm not saying that. It just seems like the ball, now, has gotten spread evenly around to pretty much everybody."