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Eric Mangini discusses the keys to beating the Patriots

A pretty good list of NE-related insights. Some old, some novel. Among the interesting ones: "The Patriots always are going to find the opponents' strength and attack it. They always are going to work to make you play left-handed. It's like: "If this is your greatest strength, we're going to take that away. If you beat us with your second or third thing, fine, but you're not going to beat us with the thing you do best." The first thing the Patriots are going to try to stop is the Jets' running game. New England is going to have something gameplan specific for this game to help them stop the run. They're going to try to keep Mark Sanchez in the pocket and make him throw from the pocket. That's a real strength of the Jets -- Sanchez's ability to make plays outside the pocket. The Jets will move the pocket, play bootlegs, throw some fast passes, throw in some misdirection plays. Those are good for Sanchez. He puts pressure on the perimeter of the New England defense. The Jets have got to have long, sustained drives that end in points. The best way to beat Tom Brady is to not have him on the field. And when he's on field, make it cloudy, cloudy, cloudy. Eventually he's going to get you; it's a law of averages. So the fewer opportunities he has to get you, the better your chances... "When I came to the Jets, everything was designed and built to beat New England. One of the main reasons I hired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was because the Patriots always struggled against that system of shifting and motioning that Schottenheimer does. It's a very disciplined approach against the role-based offense the Patriots employ. That can be a factor because New England has a young defense. We drafted to try to beat the Patriots, because if you can't beat them you can't win the division. The reason we drafted Nick Mangold was because we needed a center to hold up against the nose guard, which is the driving force in a 3-4 defense, especially for an inside running game. We drafted Mangold to battle Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

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