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Patriots’ 244-Yard rushing attack V.S. Colts ‘A group effort’

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Jonas Gray celebrates

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Foxboro ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) — In Sunday night’s dominant win over the Colts, much of the attention was centered around running back Jonas Gray and his 199 yards and four touchdowns, but he would not have been able to pick up those yards if it weren’t for his blockers leading the way in front of him.

Used to pass-blocking for Tom Brady, left tackle Nate Solder said he and the rest of the offensive linemen sometimes enjoy games like Sunday where the team rushed for 244 yards on 45 carries.

“Yeah, when it’s working, yeah,” Solder said with a smile. “When it’s working you do like that, definitely.”

It was a complete team effort as everyone was involved in the blocking game. Rookie Cameron Fleming saw his first action since Week 4 and was used as an extra tight end on a number of occasions — this going along with fullback James Develin and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui doing their usual solid work.

“Everyone has got their roles and when Cam [Fleming] came in, he did a really good job for us in that jumbo tight end look,” said Develin. “Then Hoo-man [Hoomanawanui] and Gronk, they consistently get the job done on the edge and our offense line blew open some huge holes. It was fun to watch those guys work.”

It was the second game this season the Patriots have had 200 or more yards rushing as they ran for 220 yards against the Bengals in Week 5. It was the 12th time the team has ran for over 200 yards under Bill Belichick and they are 12-0 in those games.

“It’s a group effort,” said Solder. “There were certainly times that I didn’t block well and the play still went, it’s not always one guy, it is everyone working together.”

It truly was a team win, as not only was the running game stellar, their run defense was also impressive. The Colts finished with just 19 yards rushing on 17 carries.

“It was a great win,” Develin said. “It really came full circle and the team played well as a whole. Our offense — obviously Jonas ran for almost 200 yards and that was great, but our defense played very, very well and they played very opportunistic. When you hold a team like the Colts to 19 yards rushing, that’s pretty impressive.”

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