New England Patriots Aim To Cool Jets After Settling Bills

Posted: 17th September 2009 by Arthur Luhn in NFL
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After a shaky first half, the Patriots came together in the second half, and especially on the last two drives, to dispatch the Bills, with some help from a fumbled kickoff return. If Patriot nation was sweating the first half, they were breathing a huge sigh of relief after Brady and company put on a clinic in the space of 76 seconds, exploiting the Red two coverage (out of the Cover 2 shell) that the Bills apply in red zone defense by running the smash concept and splitting the field up the middle (pushing the safeties to their zones since they must cover vertical routes), forcing a man-to-man on Tight End Ben Watson.

Not only did they pull this off to perfection, they also did it twice, to squeeze out a narrow victory, 25-24. Matt Bowen of NFP and Chris Brown of Smart Footba ...

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