The Patriots defensive rankings would strongly suggested a weakness to the pass and a team you don't want to run against. But when you look at the rushing rank of the teams they faced you see that two of them where against two of the worst running teams in the league in Titans (30th) and Cards (31st). The other three (bills, broncos, ravens) were all legitimate running teams but look at this.
Bills: 52 - 28 Pretty obvious they were passing here. I would two if i was letting someone throw up a Patrick Willis jersey on me.
Broncos: 31 - 21 another shootout, the broncos only had 20 attempts in this game.
Ravens: 31 - 30 LOSS but still more points required than what I have seen the offense do.
The point is this is NOT a defense to be feared. This is that guy in the corner of the club with the big beard, dark shades, tattoos, big arms, and if you punched him he would cry and tell the bartender.
looks are deceiving. If I were Pete I'd run it right through the A all day.