By: Andrew Oak
Before we even get to the records that this guy broke, lets just start by saying that this is what the NFL needs more of. Players who have overcome adversity in their lives to make a positive impact for their football team. Regardless if he played for the Patriots or the Raiders, a story like this can only help prove that the NFL still has a lot to give in today's game. Today's "NFL" has been hit with a bad rep with all of the off field issues that some of the players have occurred. The media never seems to find the good guys of the league and make them the spotlight, instead of focusing in on the negatives that are hovering the NFL.
The Patriots were in desperate need of a running game. After Ridley goes down for the season, the Patriots had to think about giving Shane Vereen 20 carries a game. I like to say this a lot, but NO CHANCE was that happening. Bill Belicheck had to come up with a backup plan. Bolden and James White weren't able to carry the load and the Pats decided to try something new. Give an opportunity to a young playmaker. Gray has the whole package in a downhill runner. The one stat that should stand out more than the four touchdowns that he got, is that he carried the ball 38 times.
“I had an indication all week I was going to be a big part of the game plan,” Gray said to the media after the game. “We knew getting back to the run game was going to be a big emphasis.
This game had more importance than most people thought. Manning and the Broncos lose to the Rams and the top seed is back up for grabs. That is probably the most important thing the Patriots needed to capture this season, home field advantage over the Broncos. Brady realized that playing indoors, he couldn't do it all against Luck and he relied on the aspects of the ground game to let him control the game over Luck. Think about it, running the ball with one guy 38 times is probably harder than you think. The hits a runningback takes in a typically football game is lethal. Getting the rock 38 times, breaking tackles and piling through almost 200 yards, is a performance for the ages.
Get to know the name Jonas Gray because the Patriots will certainly rely on him for the remainder of the season. Honestly, why not, you have a young offensive line and a young power running back, let the boys play and feed the beast.