mattb47 wrote:But you completely ignored that the Pats aren't really all that good against the run...they just aren't. They played against a RB who is really more of a WR playing RB (Bush) and then against the Chargers, Tolbert may not have had a good day but Mathews ran pretty easily against them averaging over 5 ypc. And Jackson is definitely a more polished runner than Mathews and I think he'll have plenty of success...the Bills have been winning through the air and I don't think we'll see the Pats focus on stopping the running game when they've been making all their plays in the passing game.
The Pats added Haynesworth specifically to plug up the middle and so far he had done a good job of stopping the inside run. The Pats give up a lot of yards through the air because A) they are weaker against the pass and B) score a lot of points so teams need to pass a lot to catch up. Jackson is a more polished runner than Mathews? I don't see how you can make that conclusion based off how they have played this season.
And what has Haynsesworth done on defense to "plug up that middle" against RBs this year? (And again, we're not counting Reggie Bush as a RB) The Pats defense is mediocre at BEST against both the run and the pass. Maybe the Pats are only trying to score so many points because they know they're going to need to if they want to win these games.
And it's pretty obvious watching those two guys play that Jackson is the better, more polished runner than Mathews right now. Mathews has some talent but Jackson is the better back and he showed exactly what I was talking about today against the Pats. Jackson has completely outplayed Mathews this season...so I'm not sure I understand where you're getting it that we can't base much off of how they've played this season...the difference is night and day!