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Pressure gets the best of Buffalo

Posted by Albert Breer  December 20, 2009 08:26 PM

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Another benefit in these looks was getting the interior defensive linemen off the field. With only four available, the coaches had to resort to using Derrick Burgess (who isn't exactly huge by outside linebacker standards) to play as a 5-technique end.

But that was limited as the coaches could cycle their down linemen off the field in those nickel situations.

"We’re low on guys, that’s part of it," Jarvis Green said. "We gotta be sure guys have the strength and energy to go 60 minutes."

Was it different? Yes. But the Bills expected it, and still couldn't stop it.

"That’s what New England does, we knew that coming into the game and we knew with a new group starting, we were gonna see all sorts of stuff," Richie Incognito told me afterward. I can’t tell if it was guys getting beat on one-on-one blocks or it was scheme breakdowns, we gotta watch the film on that. But we didn’t protect well enough."

That was obvious and, for one week, the Patriots pass rush was plenty good enough.

The test now will be whether it can be when the opponent's more formidable and less helpful to New England's cause.
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