Jaws: Play-action hurting Pats D

October, 3, 2010
10/03/10
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Analyst Ron Jaworski, who will be in the ESPN "Monday Night Football" booth for the Patriots-Dolphins game on Monday night, broke down some of New England's defensive struggles on the NFL Matchup Show.

He cites play-action as an area that is hurting the defense.

Jaworski's film study revealed that opposing teams are 13 of 16 for 192 yards with 3 touchdowns when using play-action against the New England defense.

This highlights what rookie inside linebacker Brandon Spikes talked about Thursday, as the Patriots have been hurt over the middle of the field on play-action.

"Sometimes it just comes with a pass-run conflict, read the run and get back," Spikes said. "I have help over the top. It’s my job to stay with the tight end and in the Jets game I got lost a few times. It’s a learning curve. I’m taking steps."

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