BOSTON (CBS) – Mike Flynn of Comcast SportsNet New England and 98.5 The Sports Hub came on Toucher and Rich Monday morning following the Patriots miraculous 34-31 overtime win on Sunday Night Football.
The Pats scored on five straight drives to open the second half of action, which helped erase a 24-point deficit. A misplayed punt by the Broncos in OT led to a New England fumble recovery, setting up a 31-yard field goal for kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
The big storyline of the game was the weather, and more specifically the wind. The game had 11 fumbles in total, six of them by Patriots players alone.
And you can’t talk Patriots and fumbles without mentioning running back Stevan Ridley.
One of the reasons New England fell behind so early was because of a Stevan Ridley fumble on the Pats opening drive. The fumble was picked up by Denver linebacker Von Miller and taken to the house for a touchdown.
Mike Flynn thinks this latest blunder could cost Ridley playing time the rest of the season, and also a future roster spot.
“You can’t trust him, I think that’s it for the season [for Ridley],” said Flynn. “I would think he’s going to be out for awhile.”
Because of their depth at running back, Flynn believes this decision is easy one.
“With [Shane] Vereen they’re throwing the ball well. Vereen can run inside the tackles. Brandon Bolden came in last night and ran the ball pretty good. LeGarrette Blount, my guess is that he’ll get another crack at it [after fumbling].”
“I still think you have a stable of running backs to be fine in this offense, which is disappointing because I think Ridley is a good football player. I just don’t see him going back in there this year unless there’s injuries, and maybe the team will go in another direction this offseason.”
Listen below for Mike Flynn’s full game analysis: