The Denver Broncos gave up 251 rushing yards to the the New England Patriots in week five, including 151 yards on 28 carries to Stevan Ridley.
John Fox was asked about the recent success that the Patriots have had running the ball, and he credits their personnel, particularly their dangerous tight ends.
“They do a good job because they have some tough match ups because of those tight ends,” Fox said. “Some people choose, and we did early and kind of adjusted as it went, to put more athletic smaller people out there to defend them because they do spread it out pretty good. It’s match ups and once you get the little guys out there it’s a little more inviting to run against.”
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited to just 4 catches for 35 yards, so half of the plan worked. The Broncos, however, obviously couldn’t adjust to the Patriots run game which has come out of nowhere this season.