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Bill Belichick on OMF made it pretty clear who he's rooting for in Lions-Jets matchup

Ryan Hannable
September 10, 2018 - 5:36 pm
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Ordway, Merloni and Fauria for his weekly interview Monday afternoon to discuss the Week 1 win over the Texans, to look ahead to Week 2 against the Jaguars, among other things.

The Week 1 slate comes to an end Monday night with two games, including the Lions hosting the Jets. It will be former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia's first game as a head coach and Belichick made it pretty clear who he will be rooting for.

“This is an easy one really. It’s easy to root for him. It’s easy to root against a team in your division. All the stars are in alignment there," he said. "I’ve talked to Matt. Of course we wish him well.”

As for Sunday's win over the Texans, Belichick pointed to the first touchdown being one of the keys to the win, especially coming after forcing a turnover.

“It’s always good to get on the board first," he said. "We were able to get the turnover on the first play, on the read-option. Kyle [Van Noy] kind of penetrated in there and it looked like they had a miscommunication between the hand-off and the keep. To be able to convert that into a touchdown with a great play from Tom [Brady] to Rob [Gronkowski] with the catch around the goal-line. Can’t forget Rob’s dance after the touchdown, go with the spike. That was a good drive.”

Week 2 won't get any easier, as the Patriots will take on the Jaguars in a rematch of last year's AFC championship.

“It is a very talented group," Belichick said. "They really are pretty strong at every position. They have a good front, their linebackers are fast and they have good coverage players, so they make you work for every yard. They turn the ball over. They can take it away from you, as well as stop you and get the ball back on downs. They can get it going the other way in a hurry — strip sacks, tip balls, and strip fumbles, interceptions and so forth.

"We are going to have to do a great job with our ball security. Better job than we did last week. We can’t be turning the ball over three times a game and think that that is going to win for us. That’s just not a good formula. [We] overcame it against Houston, but that is just not where we want to be."

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