FOXBORO -- A quick glance at the weather forecast for Saturday night may bring the memories rushing back: LeGarrette Blount rumbling through the rain for an 83-yard kickoff return; Blount belly-flopping into a drenched end zone for a 35-yard score; Blount's arm wrapped around coach Bill Belichick, both all smiles despite the utterly terrible conditions.
It was Blount's day when the Patriots beat the Bills in a driving storm in Week 17, 34-20. He rushed for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries. He also broke two big kickoff returns.
The already hard-to-tackle 6-foot, 250-pound back became even more unstoppable while sopping.
Informed of the forecast, Blount said that won't necessarily translate to a larger workload for him.
“It’s kind of up to the offensive coordinator. It’s kind of up to Josh [McDaniels]," Blount said. "Whatever is working for us. I don’t feel like he plans anything like, ‘Hey, well if it rains we’re going to do this.’ I just feel like whatever is working at the time, that’s what he’s going to go with. That’s all part of the game plan.”
Even in normal conditions, the Colts defense appears to be one of the best to run against in the NFL. Indianapolis' 3-4 scheme is tied -- with New England, coincidentally -- for 25th in the league in rush yards allowed per attempt (4.5). Coach Chuck Pagano's defense also allows 125.1 rush yards per game, which is 26th in the league.
If the Patriots do turn to their running game and use some combination of Blount and Stevan Ridley, both of whom fumbled in the rain against the Bills, Blount said there are certain things he focuses on when things get wet.
“I just try to be more cautious with the football, keep the football secure, and I’m not too worried about my footing," he said. "There’s nothing you can really do about it, you know? If there’s puddles out there, then you’ve just got to know how to put your foot in the ground and you have to change cleats, whatever it is you have to do, just make sure that you keep your feet up under you.”