Pats Defense Not Ready For Prime Time

Pats defense must rebound from shaky performance


AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – New England's defense must get better

if the Patriots want to stop Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

A lot better.

With one exhibition game left before their season opener against

the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots have plenty to work on after

Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams held the ball for long

stretches, gained chunks of yardage and exploited weaknesses from

the defensive line back to the secondary.

The final score Thursday night was 36-35 with the Rams winning

on Josh Brown's 37-yard field goal on the last play – but they

dominated the Patriots by a much greater margin.

Coach Bill Belichick said Friday he was disappointed in the

whole game, regardless of how the last kick turned out.


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