The Cold, Hard Football Facts, if they had emotion, would love Miami’s Wildcat offense.



KERRY BYRNE

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There are a number of new faces playing for the Patriots this year, especially on defense. At about the halfway point in the season it is interesting to see how some of the young guys or new guys have worked out.



STEVE DEOSSIE

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FOXBORO — For all the talk about the Miami’s vaunted Wildcat offense, it was special teams that sunk the Jets last week against the Dolphins, specifically Ted Ginn Jr.



Lots of Wildcat talk this week. Tons of it. People want to know how much Wildcat we’ll see from Miami on Sunday, how to stop it, and if the quarterback is fair game when he splits wide in a Wildcat formation.



If it were a movie, they would have billed the Wildcat offense as the feel-good hit of the 2008 season, a blockbuster no one saw coming.



As a player, Joe Andruzzi was a legendarily tough offensive lineman, someone who had to be dragged from the lineup. In his five seasons with the Patriots, he started 72 of a possible 80 regular-season games, including every game in each of New England’s three Super Bowl-winning seasons.



FOXBORO — It’s a rare event to see miscommunication between Tom Brady and Wes Welker.



So, what do you think?

Back in the summer, would you have taken a 5-2 record seven games into the season, as Tom Brady attempted to get his sea legs under him? Would you have felt good about wins over then-unbeaten Baltimore and Atlanta? Would you have lived with close losses in the Meadowlands and at Mile High?

Yeah, you would’ve.



KERRY BYRNE

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No mailbag last week — my apologies. The funky week got everything turned around, and we weren’t able to get to the e-mails. Some of them were able to hold up for an extra week, while others had to be tossed out. Won’t happen again, people: I’m locked and loaded for the rest of the regular season, which is almost (gasp) halfway over.



Even with almost half a season in the books, the 2009 Patriots are a tough team to get a handle on.