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This one feels different ...

Posted by Albert Breer  December 6, 2009 05:44 PM

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Last year, when the Patriots got their mouths bloodied by the Dolphins in Week 3, there were plenty of crutches to grab.

It was the first unveiling of the Wildcat package. It was Matt Cassel's third start.

Hard to do that with this one. In case, you're wondering -- the Dolphins ran two option plays the entire game, Pat White kept on both of them, they went for a grand total of zero yards, and Miami still racked up 416 yards of offense.

"A lot of people had a lot to say about the Wildcat, and rightfully so, that was the first time we unveiled it," Justin Smiley told me after the game. "This was just a game full of one-on-one battles. There was no trickery. We just lined up and played football with them. "

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