8:30 PM ET, October 1, 2007
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
|New England was able to win this game using their base 4-3 defense a vast majority of the time. With just four men rushing, the Patriots were able to get enough pressure on Bengals QB Carson Palmer to force him into a subpar night with two interceptions. New England coach Bill Belichick wanted to keep maximum coverage in the secondary to prevent the explosive Bengals wide receivers from making any big plays, and the tactic worked as they held Cincinnati to a 1-yard touchdown catch. It wasn't as if the Patriots never blitzed the Bengals, as Belichick did send the rare total blitz package sending as many as seven rushers to force Palmer into some bad throws, but he was selective about when it was done.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
• Complete Week 4 Scouts Buzz
Moss has seven touchdown catches, most in the NFL. It's the most by a Patriots receiver since David Patten had seven in 2004. ... Moss is the first Patriot to catch a TD pass in four straight games since Daniel Graham did it in five consecutive games over the 2003-04 seasons.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.1||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:34||Stephen Gostkowski 31 Yd||3||0|
|TD||00:51||Mike Vrabel 1 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||10||0|
|TD||10:59||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 1 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick)||10||7|
|TD||04:11||Randy Moss 7 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||7|
|TD||07:55||Sammy Morris 7 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||24||7|
|FG||04:10||Shayne Graham 40 Yd||24||10|
|FG||13:03||Stephen Gostkowski 36 Yd||27||10|
|FG||09:04||Shayne Graham 48 Yd||27||13|
|TD||03:18||Randy Moss 14 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||34||13|