The answer has been under our nose for over a year, and I think the coaches finally picked up on it after Houston. GIVE. RICKY. THE. BALL. In 2002, Ricky had 10 games in which he had 22 or more carries. Of those 10 games, we won 7. The other losses came to NE (would've won if we kept running Ricky) and Buffalo (Ray Puke-us syndrome). We lost four out of six games when Ricky didn't get atleast 22 carries.
This year, the trend continues. We only ran Ricky for 17 times against Houston, and we lose. But oh wait, we come into NYJ, run Ricky 34 times and win! We do the samething to Buffalo and win again! Please, Norv, Wanny... keep giving the man the ball. The stats prove that he is the key to winning.
I think we can all agree that 42 rushes is a bit too much for the dread-locked demon, but in the situation we had with BUF last night, I would've done the samething. If we can give Ricky the ball 25-35 times a game, and keep the other teams offense off the field (ala Buffalo)... we will win a whole lot more.