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The Patriots' performance on special teams played a major factor in Sunday's win over the Jets as the Patriots dominated in the battle for field position.

Randy Moss' leadership is also a hot topic. The first-year captain helped guide Matt Casselthrough his first NFL start.

"Once you get voted captain by your teammates, it makes you understand how your teammates feel about you, and you tend to feel like you have to step up sometimes as a person," running back Kevin Faulktold the Boston Herald.

The Patriots also benefited from the performance of their running backs. They had all five at their disposal for the first time this season, which helped them keep fresh legs on the field at all times.

"We had a lot of backs who all contributed," Belichick said told the Providence Journal.

The victory helped the Patriots silence those who doubted their ability to win without Tom Brady.

"We just have to take care of what we have to take care of," nose tackle Vince Wilforktold the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Sunday's win also proved the Patriots are the ultimate team. They don't just rely on one player.

"We're going to continue to take our lunchpail, fill it up, go to work," Patriots safety Rodney Harrisontold the New Bedford Standard-Times.

Harrison also spoke about the Patriots' red-zone defense, which has come up with two key stops in as many weeks.

Cassel's performance shouldn't go unnoticed. The inexperienced backup stepped in and played well Sunday despite not starting a game since high school.

"I think he did a great job," tight end David Thomastold the Quincy Patriot Ledger.

Quick hits

The Miami Dolphins remained winless following Sunday's loss to Arizona and are now preparing to travel to New England to face the unbeaten Patriots.

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano says Chad Pennington will start at quarterback despite being pulled late in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

The Dolphins are also sticking with their plan in the secondary despite getting torched for 31 points by Arizona.

"I don't want to overreact or panic," Sparano told the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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