Bills have Lynch running on empty

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Buffalo Bills' running game is flat-out dreadful.

Marshawn Lynch is averaging only 56.9 yards a game, putting him on pace for a 910-yard season.

The reputed workhorse has rushed for more than 70 yards just twice. He topped out with an 83-yard afternoon in Week 3 -- the only time all year he had at least 20 carries.

The Bills went into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with the NFL's 26th-ranked rushing offense and they played like it, losing 20-10 in Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots were 15th against the rush, so nothing special. They were allowing 4.1 yards per carry and 105 yards a game.

The Bills, coming off a 30-yard performance against the New York Jets the week before, managed to double that number against the Patriots.

Lynch ran 14 times for 46 yards. His backup, Fred Jackson, had four carries for 14 yards.

Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel ran for 22 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown dash on the opening drive.

Cassel had a better first half than Lynch, running for four times for 25 yards. He was docked 2 yards for a kneeling down at the end of the second quarter, which gave Lynch one more yard at that point on nine attempts.