Monday, November 17, 2014

Jonas Gray has a day (or night) in Pats' rout of Colts


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reserve running back Jonas Gray Saturday that he was in for a big game Sunday night.

Kraft was right.

After tallying just 131 yards and no touchdowns on 32 carries entering the game, Gray went crazy against the Indianapolis Colts. In a 42-20 blowout win, he amassed 199 yards and tallied a franchise-record rushing four touchdowns.

Decent night for the third-year undrafted career (until now) practice-squader.

Quarterback Tom Brady, who also recorded a pair of touchdowns himself but also threw two bad interceptions, was happy to hand it over to the breakout back in a key road game.

"Whatever it takes," Brady said, via "There's games that you go into and we're not sure how well we're going to run it. But when it's going well, you just want to keep giving it to them. We try to stay balanced. But if they're not going to respect the running game, then you have to keep giving it to them."

The Patriots have won six straight to improve to 8-2 and have eclipsed the 40-point mark four times in that streak. They were five-for-five in the red zone Sunday night.

Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright each hauled in touchdown passes.

On the other side of the ball, New England held the Colts to just 19 rushing yards on 17 carries. Andrew Luck threw for a pair of scores but also got picked off by Devin McCourty.

New England was 9-for-13 on third down, while Indy had an underwhelming 5-for-13 tally in that category.

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