Without Rob Gronkowski to boost the team's goal-line offense, and with Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson still nursing themselves back to playing health, Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo believes New England should hand the ball off to Stevan Ridley when in the red zone.
Trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game in Miami, Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass on first down from Miami's 13-yard line. One second down, LeGarrette Blount rushed for eight yards to the Miami 5. On third-and-2, Brady threw an incomplete pass to Shane Vereen, forcing the Patriots to settle for a field goal.
Perillo said it's his belief the team should run the ball, having taken so many hits to the passing arsenal.
"Whether it's Blount or Ridley, and I think it's Ridley because the has a nose for the goal line," Perillo said. "Seven touchdowns in limited duty this year." And appealing directly to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, he said: "Josh, it's time. You've got to do it."
He also shared his thoughts on the depleted offensive line and competition across the AFC as the playoffs draw near.