Running back Stevan Ridley of the New England Patriots is the X-Factor that in the minds of some social media football observers could help turn the season around for the team. At the moment the team is one-dimensional as they consistently abandon the running game early and as a result let opponents such as the Kansas City Chiefs 'pin their ears back' and rush the passer with abandon against an offensive line which is experiencing severe growing pains.
How can a team with Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and a defense that lacks explosive playmakers and swagger save itself? Run the ball with the under used running back Stevan Ridley.
If teams think that the New England Patriots will run the ball or see them running the ball it will give Tom Brady a couple more seconds to survey the field and allow his receivers the opportunity to get open. Moreover, it will keep the defense off the field and the less snaps the New England Patriots defense has to play, the better because with the exception of Vince Wilfork they seem to be bereft of playmakers in the front seven.
Stevan Ridley is a player who is 'fresh' as he only has 57 carries over four games this season and received only 5 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs. Fans should not however that he gained almost 30 yards with his 5 carries against Kansas City and in the teams two wins he gained almost 4 yards a carry.
The Patriots play against a confident Cincinnati Bengals team who are looking forward to rushing Tom Brady with abandon. Coach Bill Bellichik has thrown 'change ups' before with the way he uses his players and with the holes shown by his defense don't be surprised if he relies heavily on Stevan Ridley on Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
If you are a Fantasy Football League Owner who loves taking chances, a good one to take might be Stevan Ridley, running back for the New England Patriots.