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October 15, 2013

Can Pats ride energy wave over long haul?

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You have to like the idea that New York could attempt to exploit the Pats on the run, especially if Jerod Mayo joins Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly on the sideline.

The New Yorkers ran the ball well against a healthier Pats front seven in the teams’ earlier meeting here at Foxborough. You have to wonder if they are serious enough to try it again.

Geno Smith’s 15 of 35 with three interceptions last time should provide a heck of a clue.

While the schedule eases off here on the Pats, it is a pretty pivotal time. Beat the 3-3 Jets this week and find a way to knock off Miami here at Gillette a week later, and the AFC East is basically sealed.

That should be plenty of motivation for an already jacked-up Pats team that has been instilled by oddsmakers as an initial four-point favorite.

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