New England Patriots: Studs and duds vs. Redskins in Week 5

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Stud: Sony Michel

Sony Michel was really the only running back that was able to put together a solid performance in the contest for the Patriots, who were facing up against a Redskins defensive unit that has struggled in stopping the run for a majority of the season up to this point.

While New England did manage to tally a total of 130 yards on 27 carries as a team, Michel paced the way for that unit while rushing for nearly 100 yards and was also able to hurt Washington in the passing game out of the backfield. Michel finished with a team-best 91 yards rushing and one touchdown on 16 total carries on the ground, finishing with three catches for 32 yards through the air as well.

It was good to see Michel get back on track and get rolling once again for New England on Sunday against Washington. Now if the Patriots are able to get their entire running back unit to click at the same time, this offense will take yet another step in the right direction.

Dud: James White

James White was a dud primarily for his outing in the running game. White didn’t have a complete dud performance, as he was able to haul in six catches for a total of 46 yards on nine targets through the air, but White ran for just 26 yards on six carries for the Patriots in the contest.

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Some of those struggles on the ground were due to the fact that he was able to hurt the Redskins through the air within the offense and another part was that Michel was having a nice game on the ground for New England.

But it would be nice to see White have a game where he does a little bit of both run the ball well and catch the ball out of the backfield for the Patriots in one of these next few games.