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2. Lewis-Blount up against stiff Dallas front seven
The Cowboys’ run defense is allowing just 3.7 yards per rush, the sixth-best average in the NFL. I’m excited to see how the Patriots thunder-and-lightning one-two punch of LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis will fare against the Dallas front.
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Dion Lewis has been the man through three games. If you set aside his two fumbles, you’re looking at pretty much have an impeccable stat line of 4.9 yards per carry, two rushing touchdowns and 15 receptions for 179 yards (which is actually more than his total of 146 rushing yards). Lewis has touched the ball 45 times in 2015, and each time he has drawn Patriots fans to the edge of the couch. He is a dynamic player.
And then there’s Blount, who provides the north-south running style that complements Lewis so seamlessly. While Lewis may have success dancing around the Cowboys’ defense, Blount will attack Greg Hardy head-on. The polar opposite tendencies of the Patriots’ top backs will keep the Cowboys on their heels.
When your team is undefeated, you want them to overcome a challenge. If the Patriots are able to get the ground game going, either with Lewis, Blount or both, then they will relieve Brady of doing the whole thing himself.
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