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Friday, September 09, 2005 

Brady's Bunch

It wasn't pretty, but the Patriots pulled away in the fourth quarter last night for a 30-20 win over the Raiders. Corey Dillion struggled in the first half, but Tom Brady responded with 212 yards and 2 TDs on 14-20 passing. But in the second half, Dillion's two TDs helped put the game out of reach. Brady finished with 306 yards but failed to convert on a bunch of third downs that could have made the final score more comfortable.

Randy Moss had the flashy 73 yard TD, but was held to just 5 catches overall (albeit for 130 yards). However, Deion Branch, who didn't play at all in the preseason, had 7 catches for 99 yards and a TD of his own. Too bad that isn't getting as much air time on the highlight shows.

Defensively, Vince Wilfork's interception set up one score, but the big news was that the Patriots switched to a 4-3 defense after Chad Brown was injured late in the first quarter. It certainly worked to shut down the run. After getting shredded by LaMont Jordan for 42 yards in the opening period, he gained just 28 yards the rest of the way.

The best news for the Patriots is that they get a nice early-season break before traveling to Carolina next week.

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