How to Beat the New England Patriots

Posted: 13th October 2009 by Mike Gleason in NFL
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With five games in the books so far in the season, the defining characteristics of this Patriots team have begun to emerge. What we have seen is a decent teamùa team that performs well in spurts, but lacks any kind of sustained excellence. Basically, a team like every other NFL team. The Patriots are emerging from an era in which excellence was a given, an expected quantity in any given game. This year's team, though, has several exploitable, well-defined weaknesses. How does one beat the Patriots this year? The following are important factors: á Have an accurate, risk-averse quarterback Denver had several long drives against the Pats basically centered around their short passing game. They did not really connect on any long plays of consequence, but Kyle Orton was able to target his re ...

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