Although personnel is different, the defensive schemes the Patriots face when Baltimore comes to Gillette Stadium might look familiar. After the Jets defense pressured QB Tom Brady, clearly disrupting his timing in a Week 2 loss, the Patriots know it won't get any easier with a physical Ravens defense formerly led by Rex Ryan. According to the Boston Herald, Head Coach Bill Belichick lauded Baltimore's defense. "They've got a lot of the same players," Belichick said, "and those players are all making a lot of plays. Scheme-wise, they do what they want to do. They play zone. They play blitz zone. They pressure. They play good on the goal line. They play good in short-yardage. They play good in long-yardage."
The* Providence Journal* compares WR Randy Moss to one of the all-time great receivers. Learn who that player is and what makes Moss so valuable.
WR Kelley Washington was not a standout player during his two seasons with the Patriots. However, he did play an important role on the special teams unit. In 2007, Washington recorded a career-high and team-leading 18 tackles on special teams according to The Patriot Ledger. He will return to Foxborough this Sunday as a Baltimore Raven. This time around, Washington poses an offensive threat as he's tied with veteran WR Derrick Mason in receptions with 12.
The Patriots jumped three spots in* ESPN.com's * AFC East power rankings. Click here to find out their ranking. Also, the web site reports two Patriots players on the rise.
As reported on Nationalfootballpost.com from a league source, "former Pittsburgh Steelers third-round draft pick Bruce Davis worked out for the New England Patriots on Tuesday."