There was plenty of drama at Gillette last week, with Brett Favre getting knocked out of the game, Randy Moss making his return to Foxboro and Tom Brady adding another touchdown pass to his highlight reel. Somewhat lost in the midst of the 28-18 Patriots win was the emergence of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who looked very much like an NFL-caliber running back.
That status was in question this season, after the Patriots traded Laurence Maroney and lost Kevin Faulk to injury. With Green-Ellis and Woodhead left to serve as the primary backs behind Brady, there was reason for fans to be worried if that would work out.
Of course, it's still early, but Sunday's performance was a definite positive for Green-Ellis.
The 25-year-old with many names rushed 17 times for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 11 yards. It was just the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, though he did gain 98 yards against the Bills this year.
Obviously, with Brady under center, the Patriots aren't going to need an elite rusher to win football games. At 4.4 yards per attempt, Green-Ellis has been a very important part of the offense.
Still, it's unknown whether Green-Ellis can produce consistently. He was undrafted out of Mississippi and had just 100 carries coming into this season.
If he wants to answer some of those questions, it'll begin Sunday in Cleveland, against the 19th-ranked rushing defense in the league.
How do you think BenJarvus Green-Ellis will perform on Sunday? Share your thoughts below.
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