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Patriots cage Mildcat offense

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
MIAMI -- The New England Patriots would not be fooled again.

The Patriots suffered a shameful 38-13 home loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3. The Dolphins lifted the curtain on t
heir exotic Wildcat offense in that game and used it to gash the Patriots all afternoon, scoring four touchdowns.

Sunday was the rematch. The Patriots made sure to neuter the Wildcat and won 48-28.

The Dolphins ran eight Wildcat plays, which are unbalanced line formation with a direct shotgun snap to running back Ronnie Brown, for 25 yards and zero touchdowns.

Brown ran six times for 26 yards. He twice handed off to Ricky Williams, who had minus-1 yard.

The Wildcat production was Miami's third-lowest of the season for total yards and average per play.

"I think our ability to have a chance to prepare for it and see some of the things they've run in other games," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "At least when we go to the sidelines we could talk a lot more about it: 'This is what we expected. This is what they're doing. This is the adjustment we've got to make.'

"But it's still hard to stop. They have some good players in there. ... If you know what they're doing, it's still hard to take it away."