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Sony Michel could once again be the X-factor for the Patriots offense in the playoffs

The New England Patriots did not find their offensive rhythm until late during the regular season last year, but find it they eventually did when the unit turned to a smash mouth attack powered by its running game. Led by then-rookie Sony Michel, the Patriots gained 485 yards on the ground and scored nine touchdowns over the team’s three playoff games en route to a victory in Super Bowl 53. Michel, of course, played a key role in all of this.

Fast forward to the 2019-20 season. While the circumstances have changed quite a bit for the Patriots’ running game — gone are the outstanding blocking of starting offensive linemen David Andrews and Trent Brown, fullback James Develin, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen — one thing remains true yet again: Sony Michel could very well end up being the X-factor for the Patriots in the postseason.