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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Key matchup: Hillis vs. front seven

By ESPNBoston.com



In the video above, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss identifies the Patriots’ front seven against Browns running back Peyton Hillis as a key matchup in Sunday’s game.

Hillis leads the Browns with 460 rushing yards and is second on the team with 27 receptions. This will be a big challenge for the Patriots' defensive front seven, both against the run and with Hillis coming out of the backfield as a pass catcher in the Browns’ West Coast offense.

The Patriots pride themselves in taking away one thing their opponent does best. If they can take away Hillis, it would be crippling for the offensively challenged Browns.