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Brian Baldinger: Patriots are being re-made to try to beat the Jets

10.27.10 at 12:40 am ET

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger has heard a lot of reasons as to why the Patriots dealt Randy Moss to the Vikings, but he believes the most important reason is that it allows them to become a team that is more capable of beating the Jets.

Baldinger, who breaks down game film for the NFL Network show ‘€œPlaybook,’€ says that the teams that have had the most success against the Jets’€™ defense have employed a passing attack that relies on short and intermediate routes and an ability to get the ball out to receivers quickly.

‘€œThey are building this team specifically to beat the Jets,’€ Baldinger said of the Patriots. ‘€œYou are not going to beat the Jets by taking seven-step drops and looking for Randy Moss 50 yards down the field. You beat the Jets by getting the ball to the quicker guys who can beat coverage. Between [Julian] Edelman, [Wes] Welker, [Deion] Branch and [Danny] Woodhead, that’€™s what they are doing. All of these changes are designed to beat the Jets.’€

Baldinger, who also works as a game analyst for Fox Sports, says the Patriots’€™ offense has moved from ‘€œbeing this big play team to a small-ball team,’€ and adds that they are now playing to Tom Brady‘€™s strength, which is his accuracy. In addition, he likes the changes they’€™ve made on the defensive side of the ball.

‘€œThey’€™ve completely rebuilt their defense,’€ he said. ‘€œThey’€™ve got this infusion of youth ‘€” Jermaine Cunningham and all those other young guys running around back there making plays. They’€™re all out there on the field right now. They’€™ve been able to rebuild that defense and get younger and win games.’€

‘€œI’€™ve questioned Bill Belichick‘€™s style of defense, whether you can play basic coverage in this league and still win games, but they have done it well, especially in their last two games,’€ Baldinger added. ‘€œTo beat the Ravens the way they did and then fly 3,000 miles across the country and beat the Chargers, those are two good football teams. Those are good wins. I don’€™t care what their records are.’€

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