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Sunday, August 22, 2004 

Dreadful

There isn't much good to say about last night's Patriots game. Losing 31-3 to the Bengals would be bad enough, but the disturbing part is that the Patriots were unable to control the line of scrimmage on either offense or defensive. It's a cliche, but if you can't stop the run you have problems. Last season, the defensive backs got most of the press with their league-leading 29 interceptions, but it was Ted Washington and the other guys up front who held opponents to 89.1 rushing yards per game, third-best in the league. (By comparison, the Patriots were 18th in passing yards allowed.)

Hopefully the Patriots will show some improvement when they play the Panthers later this week. The Panthers will definitely be motivated, and Jake Delhomme is coming off a great performance against the Giants.

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