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  • If he does stay healthy, the back up quarterback situation is now a non-issue, though it might arise again if he does take a shot to the leg again
  • That being said, I still think New England is the best team in that division and, if Brady is healthy, I see them winning it
  • But, I think the tougher competition will take its toll by the end of the year and, even though they will be in the postseason, I don’t see them getting too far

    • by Steve
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      Well, the New England Patriots finally lost a Super Bowl a couple seasons ago and, as a result, felt the so-called curse that happens to Super Bowl losers. The funny thing is the team is so well built, they almost beat it. OK, show of hands here, when Tom Brady got injured in week 1, who actually though Matt Cassell would take the reigns and lead this team to a winning record? Me neither. That is a sign of a well-built ball club. Now, the Patriots no longer have Cassell as their insurance policy.

      He was way too expensive to keep on the roster after having 15 career starts. But, they do have Brady back and, assuming last season was a fluke, he should be counted on as their starter for the next 16 games. If he does stay healthy, the back up quarterback situation is now a non-issue, though it might arise again if he does take a shot to the leg again. As for the rest of the team, can you really find any


      legitimate flaws in it? The thing I have always liked about the Patriots is they build through the draft but are smart enough to sign veteran players who still have a bit of gas left but aren’t going to command a heavy paycheck any more.

      This gives the team a good mix of youth and leadership that really shows on the field. Assuming Brady does return and is completely healthy, this team has the potential to be as dangerous as the team that went 16-0 two seasons ago. Randy Moss returns and, with a legitimate passer calling the shots, is poised to have another fantastic season. This is, of course, assuming age isn’t catching up with him.

      And, of course, the defense is probably going to be as solid as it has managed to be the past several years. Now, that’s not to say the Patriots have an easy path to the Super Bowl. In fact, they might have a few more issues winning the division than they have had in the past. First, let’s ask ...


      • ourselves if Tom Brady is the same guy he was before he got hurt.

        I’m not necessarily talking about him not being mentally fit for the challenge. But, he has been away from the football field for almost a year now and suffered an injury that would make it hard for him to stay in shape during that time. Now, he’s a professional and I’m guessing he showed up to training camp in great shape. But, a year away from taking hits on the field and being able to play at all is something that could cause him to be rusty at least early in the season.

        And, one or two early season losses can come back to haunt a team later. Also, the last time this team had Brady, the division was a bit of a pushover. During the Patriots’ 16-0 run, the remaining three teams in the division won a combined 12 games. Seven of those games were won by the Buffalo Bills.

        Last year, the three teams combined for 27 wins. Now, obviously

        the fact the Patriots were missing Brady helped with some of that. But, not all of it. Heading into this year, they are facing a Dolphins team that won the division last year and is hungry to repeat.

        They have a Jets team that might have taken a step backwards or could improve just by having a new coach and a long-term answer at quarterback (and, more importantly, a quarterback who doesn’t play the final few games even though he’s too hurt to be effective). The Bills are a team that could really give them a challenge. They didn’t do a lot but they took a big chance by signing Terrell Owens and, with his potential as a playmaker opposite Lee Evans, they could possibly put up some points. That being said, I still think New England is the best team in that division and, if Brady is healthy, I see them winning it.

        But, I think the tougher competition will take its toll by the end of the year and, even though they will be in the postseason, I don’t see them getting too far.




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