A weekly look at what the New England Patriots must fix:
With the New York Jets coming to town Thursday night, the combination of their stingy defense and the Patriots' inconsistency in the running game could be a tough mix. Add in the possibility of a rain-soaked forecast, losing lead back Stevan Ridley to a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, and this is the area of focus on a short week of preparation.
The Patriots didn't run it particularly well against the Bills (27 carries, 50 yards, 1.9 average) but they ultimately were rewarded for their commitment.
As for the Jets, they are tough to move up front with a strong defensive line of Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison and Sheldon Richardson. They rank eighth in the NFL in terms of fewest rushing yards allowed per game (92.2) and fifth in fewest yards allowed per carry (3.5).
The Jets might be having a tough time this season, but one thing an opponent can always count on from a Rex Ryan-coached unit is hard-nosed play and a physical edge.
The Patriots matched the Bills in this area on Sunday. They'll try to do the same with the Jets on Thursday night.