While the Patriots have two pretty talented running backs in Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, everyone knows that they have different styles of playing. It was nice to see McDaniels put both players in positions to be successful. Ridley being more of a work horse got 27 carries and ended up finishing the game with 113 yards and one touchdown. Besides not having to focus on running a route and catching passes, Ridley also didn't have to run 10 yards forward before crossing the line of scrimmage.
Vereen also had a great game as he finished with over 100 yards (90 rushing and 18 receiving) on the evening. Tom Brady also mixed it up and ran for positive yardage for a change. His 13 yards rushing was his highest since last seasons victory against New Orleans. While having Brady run the ball is definitely not part of the game plan (qb sneaks not included), it is nice to see him take the first down when it's given to him.
Although he did miss a block bigtime, it was nice to see Gronkowski out there for a majority of the game (79% of offensive snaps). Gronk was the third offensive player to gain 100 yards on the evening. He also scored a touchdown during the game bringing his season total to 4 in 5 games.
While I was very happy to see the way the game was called by the staff (Josh? Bill? Tom? someone else?) and executed by the players, I'll be cautiously optimistic about future game planning. Hopefully, whoever made the calls last week continues to play to our current rosters' strengths and not the offensive weapons we had in 2007.