The bad news? They’re facing one of the best running quarterbacks in the NFL this weekend.
Two weeks ago, after letting Mitch Trubisky duck and dodge his way around the Greater Chicago area for the afternoon like Ferris Bueller, New England was dead last when it came to allowing rushing yards to quarterbacks.
“We didn’t do a very good job of rushing the passer,” Bill Belichick said after Trubisky’s 81 rushing yards that afternoon, which including a 39-yard run. “I mean, bad coaching, bad tackling, some bad playing. Just not very good.”
Through seven games, the Patriots had yielded 182 rushing yards from quarterbacks on 24 carries, the most in the league. That was an average of 7.6 yards per carry and 26 yards per game.
The last two weeks, that average has improved. Not a whole lot, but enough to get them out of the basement.