Patriots to ground it out on MNF

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Originally Published: November 15, 2004
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
Joe ponders a few questions over his Monday morning cup.

Pats will control clock with running game

There's been some talk that the New England Patriots will be able to run up the score against the Kansas City Chiefs because the Chiefs are missing RB Priest Holmes. I entirely disagree with that notion. Unless they get some touchdowns on defense, the Patriots aren't the type of team to score a bunch of points..

Corey Dillon
Corey Dillon has enjoyed a great season so far for the Patriots.
I'm sure going into this game the Patriots are expecting the Chiefs to try to air it out with QB Trent Green having to operate without Holmes. The absence of Holmes means the Chiefs will have to attack the Patriots' banged up secondary early and often to be able to come out with a victory. Even though backup RB Derrick Blaylock rushed for 186 yards last week against the New Orleans Saints, he can't be counted on to be that successful against one of the best defensive units in the league.

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Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to ESPN.com and has contributed to the NFL Draft.