Speier: Moss is still the man




ROB BRADFORD

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Five quick thoughts from Thursday night…



KIRK MINIHANE

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Things that make me want to puke and things that give me a pleasant tingle down my leg (yes there are some) after the Patriots’ ridiculous, 34-31 overtime loss to the Jets at Gillette Stadium Thursday night:

Puke:

The Patriots pass defense.



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New England coach Bill Belichick has redefined the term “plug and play” – applying the concept to flesh-and-blood players with the same detached irony that your office IT department treats its leased desktop computers.

Pull one out, plug in another, and the machine keeps humming along – his sales-winning PowerPoint presentation of pigskin just as effective on the new desktop as it was on the old.



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There are only a few sure bets in the NFL.

The Lions will bring misery to Detroit, Al Davis will embarrass Raiders fans, and Jets gunslinger Brett Favre will toss costly picks in the biggest games of the year.

In fact, if there’s an opposite of “big-game quarterback,” Favre is it – a player you can



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What a weird bag, folks. I don’t know what’s going on, whether it’s the dog days of the football season, a post-election freak out or just that time of the month, but we’re all over the place this week.

Not that you won’t recognize some of the material. We feed my seemingly insatiable appetite for Patriots payroll talk, for example. And since I also appear to have an obsession with gay humor, we spend some time strolling down a very peculiarly named street. There’s also a bit of politics. What the hell, it’s a short week.



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The worst bit of Patriots news since you-know-who got hurt eight minutes into the season came down Sunday night.

Yes, the Adalius Thomas arm injury is an absolute killer.



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FOXBORO – How far can the Patriots go the rest of the way? I think it comes down to two essential factors:

1. Can they continue to cover up for a shaky secondary?
2. Can the offense start scoring from the red zone?
   
The questions are listed in order of importance, because we all know defense wins championships. And in the Tom Brady-less world we inhabit, it’s more than just a cliché.



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 CBS play-by-play man Dick Enberg called the ability of New England's wide receivers to toe the sidelines “delicious.” If you’re a fan of the Patriots, that was virtually the only thing that created an uneasy feeling after your team’s 20-10 win over Buffalo on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.



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I guess there are no moral victories in Patriot Land. You guys were out for blood after a frustrating loss in Indianapolis, and just because I wouldn't cut up the carcass you've now turned on me. Savages. You get your say this week while I meekly try to defend myself.



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