Bill Belichick turns the page to the Washington Redskins.
[We're] getting familiar with a team here, the Redskins, that we don't know very well but we have some background with some of their coaches. Of course Coach [Mike] Shanahan does an excellent job offensively. He creates a lot of problems for the defense in terms of formationing and utilization of personnel. He forces the defense to make a lot of adjustments that you don't normally make. It changes a lot from week to week. Defensively, same thing. They have a lot of different schemes that are a problem and they give you a bunch of different looks. It starts with them and of course there are a lot of good players there in all three phases of the game. They have a good secondary, some guys that can really rush the passer, an outstanding returner in [Brandon] Banks, coverage player in [DeAngelo] Hall.
Offensively, a solid offensive line and a good group of skill players, [Roy] Helu is really doing a good job of running the ball. Their running game is a great team running game. Their play action running game all ties in with it. He's averaging almost five yard a carry. They're really solid across the board. They've lost a couple of tough games, like last week against the Jets, Dallas in overtime, twice on a last minute field goal, [they] lost to them. It's a good football team that's had a couple of tough breaks but overall, they're impressive to watch.
Nick Caserio responds to a question about why we haven't seen much of Ron Brace since his return.
Those guys, there are a lot of guys that play on the defensive front. We shuffle guys in and out of the game. Ron is a smart guy, he's strong a strong guy, he's got good playing strength. When he's had his opportunities, he's been productive. He started the year a little bit behind relative to some of the others, but he works hard, he prepares and when he gets his opportunity, our expectation is that he's going to go out there and perform.
Bill O'Brien is asked if the new combination of players on the O-Line had anything to do with the lack of a good rushing game Sunday.
No, I would say that what led to not rushing for as many yards was probably the way the game went. Just having gone back and watching it a few times, we were in a decent amount of no-huddle. There were a couple of drives there where we threw the ball on every play - that was because of what Indianapolis was giving us and we're always going to take what the defense gives us. I wouldn't look too much into those rushing stats. As far as it relates to the line, I would say that they played, again, a very solid football game.
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- Mike Reiss finds one of the common threads in the Patriots' four-game winning streak is taking care of the football.
- Karen Guregian says Bill Belichick is still playing mix and match with his defense.
- Karen Guregian notes Bill Belichick has used 36 players on defense this year and 24 different starters.
- Mark Farinella addresses the negative slant taken by the media following Sunday's win, but says they only write about what Belichick wants them to write about.
- Greg A. Bedard reports Mike Shanahan's O-Line took another hit with the NFL suspensions of LT Trent Williams and TE Fred Davis for multiple failed drug tests.
- Mike Reiss takes a closer look at the Pats-Broncos flex option.
- Greg A. Bedard spotlights the performance of 11-year veteran Matt Light.
- Christopher Price offers five takeaways from the Tuesday conference calls with Bill Belichick, Bill O'Brien and Nick Caserio.
- Karen Guregian reports Matthew Slater got to bring his "hero" to school yesterday - his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater.
- Carolyn Thornton writes about the Pats' visit to North Providence students to urge kids to get out and play.
- Monique Walker attended the NFL Play 60 charitable event that included Matthew Slater, his father Jackie and several Patriots to a local RI school.
- Jeff Howe thinks Rob Gronkowski's spike against the Colts actually traveled 35 yards and 19 other Patriots thoughts.
- Mike Reiss charts where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories, with the Redskins and their key stats included for comparison.
- Mike Reiss tells us the Patriots (18-1) have the second best record in the final four games of a season since 2006. Chargers are first (19-1).
- Christopher Price tells us who has been Tom Brady's favorite receiver through 12 games.
- Mike Reiss lists the sacks and hits on Tom Brady this season.
- Christopher Price breaks down the Patriots penalties through 12 games.
- Mike Reiss looks at the weekly Patriots tackle leaderboard, headed by Jerod Mayo on defense and Tracy White on special teams.
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- Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots mailbag, with one topic being Devin McCourty's struggles Sunday.
- Ian Rapoport (Sporting News) New England Patriots team report: No-huddle proving to be Brady's 'secret weapon'.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots-Redskins matchup of the day: OLBs Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo vs. OTs Matt Light and Nate Solder.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) Credit Patriots for targeting Gronkowski in draft.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Rodgers, Brees MVP frontrunners, but don't dismiss Brady.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots rookie report: Week 13.
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- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Flex game for Week 15 still up in the air.
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- James Walker (ESPN) AFC East Stock Watch.
- Don Banks (SI) In 2011, surprise impact players have stopped remaining nameless. Kyle Arrington gets some love.
- Erik Frenz (Cold Hard Football Facts) Patriots and Packers on pace for records of dominance, futility.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB Mail: Three storylines to watch as playoff race gets interesting.
VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
- Mike Jones and Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL suspends Redskins' Trent Williams, Fred Davis.
- Rich Campbell (Washington Times) Redskins to trudge on amid drama.
- Dan Daly (Washington Times) Redskins' rebuilding goes up in smoke.
- Mike Jones (Washington Post) Ryan Kerrigan, defense 'disappointed' by lack of sacks.
- Christopher Mudd (Redskins.com) Helu continues to show promise as a starter.
- Mike Jones (Washington Post) Roy Helu: 'Complacency is one of my enemies.'
- Mike Jones (Washington Post) Redskins promote NT Chris Baker to 53-man roster.