Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts was ugly for the New England Patriots. From Mac Jones having yet another terrible game to the offensive line looking like they had too many pretzels and too much beer the night before, this was horrible. But it wasn't all bad in Germany.
There was one part of the Patriots game that went well, though.
With Mac Jones having another lousy game throwing the ball, the rushing attack had to step up to give the Patriots a chance to win this game. That's exactly what happened. Both Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott carried the weight of the offense on their shoulders.
Finally, in Week 10, everyone saw the rushing attack the Patriots hoped to have with Stevenson and Elliott.
Neither Stevenson nor Elliott were flashy on Sunday. But they went out and did their job, unlike the rest of the offense. On the day, Stevenson had 20 carries for 88 rushing yards. He also had three receptions for 14 yards.
Even with the offensive line having a bad day, Stevenson kept the Patriots drives alive despite only averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
Then there's Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott had 13 carries for 54 yards and two receptions for 34 yards. These aren't the most impressive stats, but, like Stevenson, Elliott was able to keep drives alive and kept the Patriots' hopes of winning alive, even when Mac Jones was slowly diminishing those hopes.
It's no secret that the Patriots have one of the worst offenses, if not the worst, in the NFL. It's also no secret that the Patriots offense lacks talent. But, despite that, the running backs gave the Indianapolis defense a run for their money on Sunday. Now, the Patriots enter the bye week sitting at 2-8 with many questions on how this offense can be fixed.
But, for now, they have two weeks to prepare for the New York Giants, who are equivalent to the Patriots in just about every way possible.