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Tedy Bruschi: Patriots' defensive plan starts with Odell Beckham Jr.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi held his weekly ESPNBoston.com Patriots chat and previewed why a New England Patriots matchup against the New York Giants is usually a challenge.

It starts with the coaching matchup between head coaches Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin.

"They are very similar in philosophies, the way they prepare their teams mentally, Bruschi said.

As for the Patriots' defensive plan, Bruschi believes it's straightforward.

"The first thing they need to do is take away Odell Beckham Jr. You need to overload resources over there -- a cornerback has to have over-the-top help at all times," he said. "However, I don't think you waste your top cornerback in that role. The defensive coaching staff has done this many times -- put your No. 2 corner on their No. 1 receiver and give him rotational help from a safety."

Specific to the Patriots' offense, which moves forward without injured running back Dion Lewis (torn left ACL), Bruschi highlighted what it will be missing without the player he nicknamed "Squirty" because of his running style.

"I don't think there is another running back that can do the things Lewis did with the ball. Brandon Bolden and James White, or whoever it may be, can run the same routes and plays. But once Squirty had the ball in his hands, he was exceptional after the catch," he said. "The Patriots are the No. 2 team in the NFL in terms of yards after contact per touch. That statistic measures how many tackles you break. Dion Lewis was a big part of the reason they were ranked so high in that category."