If Sony Michel really is healthy, he could play a huge part in helping the Patriots rebound following a deflating loss in Tennessee.
The New England Patriots will be looking for a huge bounce back victory when they travel to the Meadowlands on Sunday.
Coming off their bye week, and preparing to take on their AFC East rival New York Jets, the Patriots have had a pretty awful taste in their mouth since Week 10.
That was when they were stunned in a 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, losing to former Patriot players Mike Vrabel (Tennessee’s head coach), Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler.
All eyes will be on how the Patriots respond against the Jets after a week of rest, and one very big factor in getting this offense moving again should be rookie running back Sony Michel.
The 23-year-old out of Georgia has dealt with multiple knee injuries, missing three games so far this season.
But that hasn’t stopped him from shining bright when he’s been on the field. Thus far, he’s had 106 carries for 453 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.
Just like the rest of the team, Michel says he is ready to go.
“I feel good,” Michel said, via NESN.com. “I felt good last week when I played. It’s great.”
Though Michel might insist that he felt good when the Patriots played the Titans, hardly anyone on the team looked good. Michel had 11 carries but only managed 31 yards in the game, and quarterback Tom Brady struggled heavily to get New England’s offense rolling.
Though Brady threw for over 250 yards, he barely completed half of his passes, didn’t throw a single touchdown, and took three sacks.
The entire team was flat in Week 10, but no team in the NFL has been better over the years at rebounding after a bad loss than Bill Belichick’s crew. Brady will have his teammates fired up when they take the field at MetLife Stadium.
And if Michel’s knee really does feel as good as he says it does, the rookie could rack up some serious yardage on Sunday and help get the Patriots on the board.