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Bigger factor for Patriots: Wes Welker or running game?

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Sam "Bam" Cunningham played for the Pats when you were working on your Masters in Philosophy of Humankind. Modern day, Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden are giving the Pats punch.

Yes, in the long run, it'll be the run game. Once again, Belichick is setting the trend, realizing the pass game isn't enough. As it pertains to Sunday, it'll come down to the real World Wide Wes.

Belichick and Josh McDaniels are evolving offensively again by exploiting teams that line up in nickel by running it, then throwing it when they're in base defenses. You get all that?

Get this: Welker is perennially the most under-appreciated pass-catcher in the NFL. He's averaging 111 catches the last five years, more than anyone in football.

That's all nice, but you're making my case. Teams know about Welker. The running game is something opponents aren't used to and that's making defensive coordinators panic.

If the Seahawks can do one thing, it's defend the run. Who's that leave? My boy, that's who. If Belichick couldn't keep him down, Pete Carroll's got no shot. Goodnight.

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