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THE QUESTION

Can Brady, Patriots Return to 2007 Form?

Tom Brady is back on the practice field in New England, but doubts remain about whether the Patriots can return to their record-setting form of 2007, after that season ended with a shocking upset loss in the Super Bowl and Brady went down in the first quarter of 2008's first game.

Posted by Cameron Smith on May 28, 2009 2:33 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Dysfunction Saves Saints

It's entirely possible that Matt Ryan could hit a sophomore slump in Atlanta. That Jake Delhomme is capable of stinking up the joint like he did in that unsightly playoff loss. That Tampa Bay with a new head coach and yet another new quarterback could fall by the wayside. All of this points to the Saints returning to the playoffs after taking a year off.

Posted by C.J. Holley, on May 29, 2009 10:13 AM

Continuity = Improvement

Tom Brady has the proper mix of talent, success, work ethic, humility and an ability to date super models, combined with a Hall of Fame coach and almost a complete veteran team. His own success, and that of his team, is all but a foregone conclusion.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on May 28, 2009 12:25 PM

Scary? Yes. 16-0? No.

Yes, Brady should be able to lead an offense that piles up a ton of points, has opposing defensive coordinators reaching for the NoDoz and, one assumes, produces plenty of Patriots wins. But there's no way Brady and Co. run the regular-season table like they did two years ago.

Posted by Desmond Bieler, on May 28, 2009 12:14 PM

This Ain't 2007 Folks

Will the Patriots be good? Surely they will. If 2008 taught us anything, it's that Bill Belichick can still figure out how to adapt better than anyone else in the game. Can they be 2007-style perfect? Not a chance.

Posted by Cameron Smith, on May 28, 2009 9:44 AM

Super Bowl or Bust

There's no reason to think New England won't be right in the thick of the Super Bowl chase with Brady back in the fold.

Posted by Gene Wang, on May 28, 2009 2:35 AM

They May Be Even Better

I'm not too sure the Patriots offense can be better than it was in 2007, but I have little doubt that a healthy Brady will fly right back to the top of the heap. There are too many things in his favor.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on May 27, 2009 11:26 PM

With Brady, Team to Beat

Don't forget how good this team was in 2007.

Posted by Mark Maske, on May 27, 2009 9:55 PM

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