Law: Ridley 'ran with a passion' vs. Rams

926501.jpg

Law: Ridley 'ran with a passion' vs. Rams

Poor Craig Dahl. The Rams safety had an opportunity to make a solo tackle in the third quarter, but ran into a problem named Stevan Ridley. The Patriots running back lowered his shoulder and bowled through Dahl almost as if he wasn't there. It was a little while before Dahl was back on his feet.

That carry was just one of many strong runs for Ridley on the day as he tallied 127 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in New England's 45-7 win over St. Louis.

Former Patriots Ty Law and Troy Brown liked what they saw. They discussed Ridley's performance after the game on Postgame Live with Michael Felger.

"He ran with a passion today," Law said of Ridley. "He ran with a lot of power, and we like to see that. He was very explosive at the point of attack. As a running back in this league, if you wanna continue to get the ball and have your team trust that you can get the job done. Especially coach Bill Belichick, who magnifies everything, especially if it's a mistake. You're going to keep comtinuing to get the ball."

Ridley's had trouble fumbling the ball in the past, but Brown says he proved today, once again, that he's worthy of being the Patriots' No. 1 guy.

"He's big enough, he's strong enough, he's tough enough, he's nimble enough to make people miss and then he's strong enough to run over some people," Brown said. "He finishes runs like Corey Dillon basically. And he finishes people off. That's the kind of back they're going to need here."

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

Email Felger at mfelger@comcastsportsnet.com. Listen to Felger and Mazz week days, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 FM. Watch the simulcast daily on CSN.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

revs_quakes_kei_kamara.jpg

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.