Lewis rushed nine times for 34 yards and brought in seven of eight targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 24-20 AFC championship game win over the Jaguars. He also lost a fumble and gained 34 yards on two kickoff returns. The Patriots' lead back didn't see much work on the ground, with game flow making the passing attack a priority, particularly in the second half. Lewis also lost control of the ball after hauling in a 20-yard pass from the arm of Danny Amendola on a fourth-quarter trick play. Despite the miscue, the 27-year-old did play a key role through the air, as he drew even with Danny Amendola for the team co-lead in receptions. Lewis also picked an optimal time for his longest run of an afternoon in which he was consistently stuffed near the line of scrimmage, squirting loose for an 18-yard jaunt on 3rd-and-9 with 1:30 remaining and the Jaguars still holding on to their final timeout. The scamper essentially sealed the victory and punched a ticket to Super Bowl LII for New England, a game in which Lewis will look to see an uptick in rushing opportunities.
Lewis rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and added 40 yards and a touchdown on six receptions during Sunday's 26-6 win over the Jets. Lewis helped put New England up by three scores in the closing moments of the first half when he took a dump-off into the flat for a five-yard score, his second touchdown of the game. Lewis started the season off sluggish with just one game with at least 80 total yards in his first nine games, but he's heating up at the right time. He's topped the 80-yard mark six times in the seven games since and has five touchdowns in his last three outings. Look for him to keep that going in the playoffs.
Lewis could handle a larger share of the backfield snaps than usual Sunday against the Jets with Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) ruled out and James White (ankle) not expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Lewis has regularly served as New England's top ball carrier this season, but he's ceded much of his responsibilities in the passing game to Burkhead and White, while Gillislee's number has occasionally been called in short-yardage situations. With special-teams standout Brandon Bolden the only healthy backup running back on the roster, it's likely that Lewis will be asked to fill a three-down workload for the Patriots, who have something to play for in Week 17 with the No. 1 seed in the AFC at stake. With that in mind, Lewis looks like a must-start option in active season-long leagues and a strong building block for DFS lineups.
Lewis rushed 13 times for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Steelers. He also caught one of two targets for 13 yards. Lewis wasn't much of a factor until the fourth quarter, when he ripped off multiple chunk gains before scoring the go-ahead touchdown on an eight-yard run with 56 seconds remaining. His continually modest workload has now led to just one touchdown and an average of 58.7 rushing yards per game since a 112-yard explosion against the Dolphins in Week 12. However, teammate Rex Burkhead suffered some sort of knee injury Sunday and could miss time moving forward. Such a development might lead to increased touches for Lewis in Week 16, when the Patriots travel to Buffalo to face a Bills defense that's allowed the most rushing touchdowns and second-most rushing yards in the league this season.
Lewis rushed five times for 17 yards and caught all five of his targets for 50 yards in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. Lewis had been given double-digit carries in seven straight games entering Monday's contest, but with the Patriots unable to establish a ground game, they turned to passing 43 times. Fortunately for Lewis, he was able to salvage some production through the air, with his output in receiving categories marking season highs. The tailback will hope this Sunday's game against the Steelers, whose defense struggled without Ryan Shazier (spine) in Week 14, will enable him to bounce back running the ball in the city he attended college.
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