Patriots aren't same team minus Moss

Why New England's receivers are having trouble getting open

Updated: November 9, 2010, 2:00 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Randy MossGreg M. Cooper/US PresswireThe Patriots are feeling the effects of not having Randy Moss on their sideline.

The Cleveland Browns' 34-14 shellacking of the Patriots on Sunday revealed two things. The first is that we might have been wrong when we dismissed the Browns' win over the Saints two weeks ago. The second is that the Patriots miss Randy Moss more than most of us initially realized. Without Moss around to stretch defenses vertically, opponents are shutting down New England's shorter routes and getting the Patriots' offense off the field.