The New England Patriots are in dire need for some offensive playmakers to assert themselves and Stevan Ridley has risen to the challenge and is heating up at the right time.
The third year running back out of LSU did not rush for more than 53 yards or reach the end zone in the first four games of the season and was losing touches to LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden after Shane Vereen was injured after the Pats two-point win against the Buffalo Bills.
However, since returning after missing the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5, Ridley has averaged 15 carries a game for 75 yards and has scored in each game, including two in the last-second win against the New Orleans Saints.
Ridley ran for 79 yards on 14 carries and reached the end zone in the fourth quarter in the win over their AFC East division rival Miami Dolphins to extend the touchdown streak to three.
Ridley and the Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers next week before going on their bye week. Prior to their game vs. the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers ranked 19th in rush defense, allowing 109.3 yards per game with six touchdowns.
However, the Raiders first play of scrimmage went for a 93-yard touchdown run by Terrelle Pryor and subsequently gave up two touchdown runs to running back, Darren McFadden en route to allowing 182 yards on the ground in the first half.
I like Ridley’s chances of extending his touchdown streak to four next week and could even get his first 100-yard game of the season.