Would Belichick bring back Moss?

The next 24 hours offer the Patriots a chance to back up all their kind words about Randy Moss if they put in a waiver claim on him. Or maybe it was just post-trade lip service.

Don't even bother asking Bill Belichick about the news that the Vikings are set to release wide receiver Randy Moss.

"You can't bait me into it," Belichick said Monday. "I can't comment on anyone else's team, players or transactions."

With that said, this has been a wild 48 hours in New England. On Sunday, the Patriots produced a solid effort to beat Minnesota 28-18, which gives them the league's best record at 6-1. Through it all, they held Moss — whom they dealt to the Vikings four weeks ago — to one catch for eight yards.

Now Moss is apparently on the market again amid reports that Vikings coach Brad Childress no longer wants him around. Childress told his team Moss isn't the kind of guy they want around their locker room, yet the players in Minnesota apparently don't agree.

Either way, it'll be interesting to see if the Patriots do their due diligence and try to reconnect with Moss. They got a third-round pick in exchange for Moss last month, and it'd be a steal if they could re-sign him for a cheaper price and bring him back into the fold.

Then again, there's probably a reason Moss is no longer in New England, and it likely has more to do with his attitude than the fact he wanted a long-term contract extension. Belichick and his players, specifically Tom Brady, have said all the right things, but now we'll soon find out if all the kind words in the aftermath of Moss' departure meant anything at all.

With or without Moss, the Patriots are sitting pretty right now. They're 6-1 despite not playing their best defensively, though they have made significant improvements in the red zone, which explains why they're allowing fewer points in recent weeks despite still allowing a large chunk of yardage each game.

As Belichick says, there's always room for improvement, but it's hard to argue with what they've done thus far. The best part, from their perspective, is they haven't needed Moss.

"Whatever rules the league changes or whatever moves other teams do, I can't really worry about that," Belichick said. "I can barely coach the team that I'm in charge of, so I can't worry about anybody else's team or solve the rest of the world's problems. That's not my job. ... We got a lot of other people that can do that."


  • The Patriots have started the season with at least six wins in their first seven games for the fifth time in team history and the fourth time under coach Bill Belichick after improving to a 6-1 record with the win over the Vikings.

    The Patriots started the season 6-1 in 1974, 1980, 2004 and 2006. In 2007, New England started the season 7-0. With Pittsburgh losing to New Orleans on Sunday night and the Jets losing to Green Bay, the Patriots are the only team in the league with just one loss.

  • The Patriots have now won 16 straight games at Gillette Stadium against NFC opponents.

    The only time in Gillette Stadium history that the Patriots lost to an NFC team was in their first game against an NFC opponent at the new stadium in 2002 when the Packers beat them 28-10.

  • Tom Brady has now won 24 consecutive regular-season starts at Gillette Stadium, closing to within one win of Brett Favre's post-merger NFL-record 25-game home winning streak.

    The last time the Patriots lost a regular-season home game in which Brady started was on Nov. 12, 2006, against the Jets. Favre won 25 straight home games for Green Bay from September 1995 through October 1998.

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