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Despite victory over Browns, Pats want to do better

Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson grimaces while being taken down by New England Patriots’ Eugene Wilson during the third quarter of New England’s 34-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. 

One would think that the way the Patriots whipped the Cleveland Browns on Sunday that it was just another day at the office.  But apparently there were some “hot spots” that the team wants to correct.  A 17-point margin ov victory wasn’t apparently enough for these Patriots. 

So what could be possibly wrong with the Patriots right now?  According to cornerback Ellis Hobbs, he said, “Complacent.  I say that because we hold ourselves to a high standard.  We don’t want to win desperately.  We’re trying to win convincingly.  Every time we go on the field we want to be the best and play like we’re the best.”  And according to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the 2-for-12 effort on third down plays and the 1-for-4 showing in the red zone was not acceptable.

Those 2 things aside, the Patriots did everything right:  Brady had forever in the pocket before throwing, they committed no turnovers, and were flagged for only 6 penalties – 1 in the first half.  Sounds like a seamless effort against the Browns to me.  Myself, I cannot seem to find any warts on this face that is the Patriots.  Nothing wrong with the defense from my observation. 

There’s obviously nothing wrong with the offense, either.  Be that as it may, they will probably need to step it up a notch when they face the Dallas Cowboys next week at Dallas.  Perhaps Hobbs said it best regarding next week: “What we did [against Cleveland] is not going to get it done against Dallas.  We’ve got to be ready.  We know they’re going to be ready.”

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