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October 23, 2012

Don’t expect Rams to run it 33 times

Even with Steven Jackson, St. Louis will be heaving it Sunday

FOXBORO — I can see the conversation breaking down in St. Louis yesterday afternoon in the office of head coach Jeff Fisher.

Fisher: “Steven, I know you were excited to check out the scene in London, but the bottom line is we’re not taking you.”

Steven Jackson: “Not taking me? Coach Fish, I’m your star! I’m your Hall of Fame running back!”

Fisher: “Sure, Steve. I know. You da man. But we’ve got the Patriots this week, and to be honest, against that secondary, I just don’t see us ever having the need to run the football. Enjoy the week off big guy. Instead of fish and chips in London, try one of our many BBQ rib joints in town here.”

Of course, this didn’t happen and it won’t happen, but, if it did happen, the Rams chances of winning wouldn’t change with or without the 29-year-old three-time Pro Bowl player.

The “thrill” of Sunday’s victory against the hated New York Jets continues to sink in here for the Pats and their fans.

But as we all do what the players do — and watch the film — I can’t help but wonder what the heck Rex Ryan and his offensive coordinator Tony Sparano were doing on Sunday running the football 33 times out of a possible 78 offensive plays.

Including the four sacks allowed, the Jets dropped back to pass 45 times and rolled up a net 297 yards (Sanchez threw for 328, but lost 31 in sacks).

This 6.6 yards per pass average came despite Stephen Hill’s ugly late drop, despite Sanchez’s tunnel vision and his tortoise-speed read of the Pats’ defense on his grotesquely underthrown interception. They gained 3.2 yards a rush and 6.6 yards per forward pass.

That’s with Mark Sanchez, folks. Am I the only one seeing the logic of the forward pass here over catapulting Shonn Greene into the waiting arms of Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love?

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