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2012 NFL Week Eight Preivew – New England vs St.Louis (in London)

It’s a trip overseas again for the Pats this week as they head to merry old London to take on the Rams in a week eight game that is a rematch of a Super Bowl Pats fans love to relive over and over.

The Pats are no strangers to playing in London, as they did it before against the Buccaneers back in 2009 with great success, pounding Tampa Bay 35-7, and are hoping for much of the same here.

New England has given up up fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back games, and that’s something that isn’t sitting well with the team as they get set for this showdown.

”There are a lot of things we need to work on,” said New England coach Bill Belichick, whose depleted secondary has been picked apart in recent weeks.

The Pats have major issues due to injuries in the defensive backfield, as both starting safeties Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory are banged up. In the last five games, the 4-3 Pats have allowed an average of 338.0 passing yards and 14 touchdowns.

During that stretch, the club has surrendered season-high yardage totals to Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and New York’s Mark Sanchez.

The Patriots gave up 403 yards to the Jets and are allowing 376.0 per game. They have allowed 20 or more points in six straight contests. “We’ll go back, see what we can improve,” cornerback Kyle Arrington said after Sunday’s game. “It’s all about getting better from here.”

Tom Brady and the Pats offense will look to attack the Rams, a team that has issues scoring points. The Rams are ranked 26th in the NFL with 18.6 per game while averaging 315.1 yards of offense – 28th in the league.

Those numbers heavily favor the Pats, who should be able to move the ball on the Rams in the air, meaning a strong day for Brady and his mates in the passing game.

Last week in a 30-20 loss to the Pack, Aaron Rodgers went 30 for 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Brady to put up those types of numbers against the overmatched Rams.

This should be a win for the Pats, but they can’t get too far ahead of themselves looking towards the bye week. They have to make sure to shut down Sam Bradford and the Rams run game, not giving STL any hopes of an upset here.

It looks on paper like a Pats win, let’s see if they can make sure to close it out that way after blowing some fourth quarter leads as of late.

New England 34 St.Louis 21

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