Statistically Speaking: Burkhead emerges as unlikely hero in New England

Gregory Eng

We all know the New England Patriots have one of the best offenses in the NFL. New England has a great head coach in Bill Belichick, a smart offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and an elite quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots showed their strength on the offensive end with an effortless 23-3 win against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Patriots scored two touchdowns in the game, with both of them coming from a relatively unexpected player.

Signed in the offseason, Rex Burkhead was a nice addition to the high-powered offense. Burkhead is another running back who is a great receiver and is a matchup nightmare when matched up against linebackers. Burkhead has proven he is valuable to this offense, with three receiving touchdowns on the year, but he showed his worth in Buffalo with how well he ran the ball.


Paired with Dion Lewis, Burkhead managed to get 12 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns. This was a very productive game for Burkhead, as it was the first time he averaged more than five yards per carry since he played the Falcons in October. Not only was he efficient with his runs, he also added three catches for 25 yards, still contributing to the passing game.

The Patriots have turned the tables on their rocky 2-2 start to the season and have won eight straight games. While most of the credit goes to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Burkhead has been a big part of the turnaround. The duo of he and Dion Lewis present many problems for defenses, as they are able to beat you on the ground as well as through the air. As the playoffs get closer, watch out for Burkhead to continue to produce in this offense.

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