Brown: Good run game can translate to strong defense

Brown: Good run game can translate to strong defense
December 29, 2013, 8:15 pm
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The Patriots secured the No. 2 seed on Sunday with a 34-20 win over the Bills.

But Buffalo didn't just roll over and die in this one. They hung around into the 4th quarter. Even so, the Pats pulled away late. The Bills could only do so much against a clearly better team in New England.

Bills QB Thad Lewis had a decent game, finishing with 247 passing yards and a touchdown. But the guys on Postgame Live - Mike Giardi, Ty Law, Troy Brown, and Mike Flynn - know their QB situation hasn't been ideal.

"That has been the Achilles heel of Buffalo Bills all year long, [it] has been their quarterback play," Brown said. "It's been very, very weak. The total QBR of like 22, 23, you can't expect to beat football teams like New England with a QBR that low. But he made some nice throws today and they ran the ball pretty well today, but it was just too much. Too much LeGarrette Blount, too much physicalness from the Patriots offense, offensive line, which we had some questions about. But they proved they were the better football team today and found a way to get some separation in the end."

Blount finished the day with 334 total yards, 189 as a running back, and the rest on two kick returns. He reminds Ty Law of a couple former Patriots backs.

"Antoine Smith, Corey Dillon, that downhill power," Law said. "Keep the chains moving when it matters."

Brown knows that the running game is key in the postseason, and that teams with good running games turn into teams with good defenses as well.

"When you can run the ball the way LeGarrette Blount ran the ball today and the Patriots ran the ball today, if you can do that in the playoffs you have a really good chance of finding yourself in New York being in the Super Bowl," Brown said. "If your defense can come out and play physical behind that then you have a good chance."