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Monday, December 1, 2008
Moss almost invisible in Patriots losses


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The numbers couldn't be much more obvious.

Randy Moss in 2008
When the New England Patriots are winning, wide receiver Randy Moss is a big part of the equation. The same can be said when the team loses. Below is a comparison of the receiver's numbers in the Patriots' seven victories and five defeats this season:
 7 wins5 losses
Catches 38 20
Yards 598 187
YPC 15.7 9.4
YPG 85.4 37.4
TD 7 1

When Randy Moss makes plays, the New England Patriots will win. When he doesn't, they probably won't.

To illustrate the importance of getting Moss involved, he had 38 catches for 598 yards and seven touchdowns in the Patriots' seven victories. He has only 20 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown in their five defeats.

In the past, game planning for new quarterback Matt Cassel has been an issue. Not on Sunday. Cassel found Moss early.

Moss accepted blame for the Patriots' poor offensive performance in a 33-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the chilly rain Gillette Stadium.

Moss dropped three passes in the first half alone, one while wide open in the back of the end zone that would have given New England a 17-10 halftime lead.

"I am very disappointed in my play," Moss said. "Bill [Belichick] says time and time again, do your job. I always say as a wide receiver your job is to get open, catch the ball and score touchdowns.

"That first half and the whole game, there is nothing to say. We dropped balls. I didn't really have a good game. I put a lot of blame on myself because I think this team really looks to me to do my job week in and week out.

"I don't want to blame it on the weather. The balls were there, they just weren't caught. This is something that will probably bother me until next Sunday. Hopefully, this is something that we can rebound from. But it does hurt. It is a bad taste."