Following Revis' departure, Gang Green's secondary rose to the occasion, holding the Patriots scoreless in the second half, while New York's offense erupted for 21 unanswered points, producing a 28-14 conquering of the Patriots. Nine weeks have passed and Revis' hamstring is fully healthy. Randy Moss, who Revis aptly labeled "the slouch", is two teams removed from New England and has been replaced by wide out Deion Branch. It's unclear whether Darrelle Revis or fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie will draw the assignment of covering Branch, Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, who is in the midst of his second stint with New England.
"Deion Branch, I played him my second year, when he was in Seattle," recalled Revis. "We still don't know the game-plan yet of what's going on and who I'm watching or who Cro (Antonio Cromartie) is watching. Right now, we're still weaving things out and we'll try to game-plan the best way we can."
Darrelle Revis seeks redemption next Monday night as he aims to stifle Wes Welker and Deion Branch, great receivers in their own right. Revis was surprised when he discovered Randy Moss was traded after the Patriots week four 41-14 dismantling of Miami, a game in which Moss did not record a reception for the first time since 2006. Moss voiced his displeasure with a lack of touches and was soon thereafter traded.
And it's been addition by subtraction since then. It seems as if the Patriots passing attack has excelled since Moss' exile.
Revis is fully aware that Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady delivers passes equally amongst his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. During New England's Thanksgiving Day matchup with Detroit, Brady connected with seven different receiving targets, airing out 341 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Revis is cognizant that despite trading away Randy Moss, the Patriots passing attack is versatile and multi-talented, with every receiving option posing a viable threat.
"They have weapons, noted Revis. They always did. I think when Moss was there, they gave him a lot of touches and Wes Welker, (as well). Now, I think they have had to get more plays out of guys. (Aaron) Hernandez has stepped up and played well. Danny (Woodhead) has stepped up and played a role. They have guys that can play a role and step up at times."