Bill Belichick is a lot smarter than us, and we keep forgetting that. The magic trick he pulled off Sunday night with his defense was one out of the 2004 playbook. Taking a bunch of special teamers, and losing Devin McCourty, Belichick had his defense ready for Mark Sanchez and the Jets. When Belichick cut Albert Haynesworth, many wondered in what direction would the Patriots go.
Moving Brandon Deaderick next to Vince Willfork and bookending Andre Carter and Mark Anderson proved lethal in the pass rushing department as the Patriots pressured Sanchez relentlessly.
The Patriots defense played aggressive and Carter played out of his mind, collecting 4.5 sacks and giving Sanchez scary dreams late Sunday night.