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News Blitz 8/5: Are the Patriots being over-hyped?
This observation was a common one among the media representatives that attended Monday's practice in Richmond. Tom Curran and Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet broke down the whole practice and explained why the Patriots offense left the Redskins D gasping for air.
One of the highlights of the joint practices with the Washington Redskins is getting to see Darrelle Revis matched up against DeSean Jackson. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe says that it's been fun to watch the two stars go head-to-head in practice and so far it seems like Revis is winning the battle.
"That matchup was on display at their first practice on Monday morning, with Jackson, signed by Washington as a free agent this offseason, seeming frustrated at times because of Revis’ coverage," wrote Young.
"Maybe it's not so crazy to keep Revis at LCB and Browner at RCB, and for the Patriots to play a lot of zone coverage," wrote Volin. "Certainly, that system worked well for the Seahawks, who just won a Super Bowl with Sherman playing strictly on the left side and Browner on the right before he got suspended."
The addition of Revis and Browner this offseason has certainly given the Patriots defense a 'swagger' that's been lacking in recent years. USA Today's Jarrett Bell says that this Patriots defense might be the best one they've had since the last time they won a Super Bowl.
"It's also been a long time since the Patriots had more questions about their offense than their defense -- which means they may actually be in the midst of developing the formula to finally win another championship," said Bell.
"On the field, that tone has manifested itself with a physical, attacking and aggressive style, one that is more hands-on than in year's past," wrote Price.
But with all this positive talk about the team, it begs the question, 'Are the Patriots being over-hyped?' Steve DeOssie joined Michael Felger and Bob Neumeier on CSN's "Sports Tonight" to discuss this topic and he thinks there are still a lot of questions on the Patriots roster.