View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary

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View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
OAKLAND-- The Oakland Raiders enter Sunday's game with the league's leading rusher and a passing game that would be best described as "complementary."Yet with the Patriots yielding yards at an alarming rate through the air and nursing injuries in their secondary, the Raiders may be tempted to go up top.
Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling are both inactive for this one. And while Bodden has been disappointing this season, the Patriots are shorthanded in the secondary and can ill afford to be a man down. The corner rotation now has Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, and the little-used, recently-arrived Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams. Raiders' quarterback Jason Campbell is last in the NFL among starters with just 82 attempts. The Raiders have big speed on the edges with wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and rookie Denarius Moore. It will definitely be an area to watch since the Patriots have been so bad at defending downfield throws on the edge.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman

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Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, always up for a good laugh, posed as a Bills reporter on a conference call with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.

Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'

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Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'

FOXBORO -- Immediately after Jacoby Brissett scored his first NFL touchdown, a 27-yard designed run against the Texans, he headed over to the Patriots sideline and handed coach Bill Belichick the football. 

Until Tuesday, we didn't know what he said during the exchange, but he indicated that he wanted to keep the ball away from Houston's defenders. On Showtime Tuesday night, as part of Inside the NFL, we found out Brissett repeated one of Belichick's most frequently used lines back to the coach.

"Ball security," Brissett said. 

That was one of the highlights from the show, which pulled some of the best clips from a mic'd up Belichick before and during his team's 27-0 win over the Texans. 

Among the moments captured were Belichick's interactions pregame with former members of the Patriots organization like Vince Wilfork and Romeo Crennel. He was also caught discussing Brissett's warmup with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

"Looks a little wild here in warmups," Belichick said. 

"He'll be fine," McDaniels replied. "I think he'll settle into it."