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"I'm feeling better. I think I showed yesterday that I was able to go out there and practice, and I'm practicing today," McCourty said in the locker room Friday morning. "I always want to play, each Sunday. We don't get many opportunities to go out and play, so any time we do, I want to be out there."
Watching Moss play pitch and catch in 2007 was awesome, but this sounds even better to me long term:
"They've captured magic in a bottle this season," Dilfer said. "They used to come at you with four to six different formations. Now, they have so many variations, one tight end, two tight ends, three tight ends. I just broke down the recent Jets game. In their first 27 regular plays -- I excluded three goal-line plays -- they showed 27 different formations and at least a dozen different personnel groupings.
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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Thanks for posting this article. Great insights and commentaries in that article, especially discussing the formations. I thought there was something wrong with how I looked at the game when I saw more than 20 different formations in last week's game- but this confirms it.
Having so many formations gives you a lot of motion options to get the D to tip its hands, and as the article says, that is what is so great about the TE sets we have, they are not strictly nubs- they can be split wide, and that helps to betray the coverages and get the chains moving, because when you know what is coming, you can hit your first read 9 out of 10 times.
So, back to our question: How do you beat these Patriots?
Dilfer cites the New Orleans Saints' 38-17 rout of the Patriots in 2009, a milestone on coach Sean Payton's march to the Super Bowl XLIV title.
"[New Orleans defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams forced Brady to go where he wanted him to go. Through blitzing and coverage schemes, you can see their pattern: We don't want Brady to throw the ball to A. We can live with B. If he makes a mistake trying to go from B to C, we'll get home and hit him.
"The whole key is disrupting the starting point. If you can do it, you've thrown off the entire mechanism by which they're successful."
Who are the leading candidates?
The Ravens, of course, and the Steelers can give New England a game at Gillette Stadium. One scout believes that the Kansas City Chiefs might prove a difficult playoff match.
Two potent NFC teams, the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, seem positioned to give the Patriots the most trouble; they appear to be capable of winning a 35-33 game on a neutral field, say, Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas?
"It's the only thing these young players have left on their check list," Bruschi said. "Can they win a big regular-season game? Check. Can they come back after a bad loss? Check. Can they win the division? Looks like a check. The last one is, can you win in the playoffs?
"If they can do that consistently, they'll be raising another banner."
thats some BS, how do these analysts suck this much?
there are HUGE differences between ANY game last year and this year, and its the same difference between the jets 1st game this year and the jets 2nd game this year
we have more options, plain and simle, against the saints last year (and jets first meeting this year) we had welker and we had moss (a much fading moss), what does that mean? it means taht tate, gronk and hernandez were all learning
not anymore, and now we have branch instead of moss
you can double welker all you like, the other guys will kill you, which was not the case against new orleans, that gameplan will no longer work against us
Last time I lived in New England the Pats became a Dynasty