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Pats' flawed defense ill-equipped to carry Cassel

Originally Published: September 23, 2008
By Ned Macey | Football Outsiders.com

In Week 14 of the 2006 season, the Dolphins surprised the Patriots with a 21-0 thrashing. Over the next 21 regular-season games, the Patriots never lost, while the Dolphins won only once.

Even with the injury to Tom Brady, it was hard to imagine Miami traveling to New England and pounding the Patriots 38-13, as it did Sunday. The wholesale domination showed the Patriots' problems might go beyond Brady's absence.

Brady's replacement, Matt Cassel, played poorly, ...

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