FOXBORO, Mass. — Throughout the first half, Stevan Ridley was noticeably absent from the Patriots’ game plan.
As soon as the second quarter started, though, last year’s 1,200-yard back was out on the field giving the team a spark. Some surmised that Ridley’s benching was due to the hot-dogging he displayed while running in for a score against the Jets last week.
Bill Belichick rejected such a notion, saying the Patriots did what they thought would help them win the game. Whatever the reason, Ridley’s absence could have something to do with the Patriots’ slow start at the beginning of the game. Ridley starred for New England, carrying the ball 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown in the final three quarters.
To hear more about Ridley’s performance and the Jeckyll and Hyde showing by the Patriots, watch NESN.com Patriots writer Doug Kyed and MassLive.com’s Nick Underhill discuss the game in the video above.