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C.J. Holley
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Good ... Not Great


To expect Tom Brady and his surgically repaired knee to pick up right where they left off in 2007 is patently ridiculous.

Granted, Brady is far from being a mobile quarterback and knee surgery will not be as detrimental to how he plays the game as it was for Daunte Culpepper - every time Brady runs out of the pocket he appears to be dragging a wooden cart behind him. But it's not all about Brady's knee, it's about the time he and the Patriots have missed out on.

Two years of rust coupled with everyone being, well, two years older will keep the New England Patriots from being the offensive juggernaut they were in their 18-1 march to not-quite immortality.

Of course this isn't to say the Pats are going to revert back to being the laughing stock of the AFC East, quite the opposite, actually. Can you honestly look at that division and see anyone other than a healthy New England team coming away with the crown?

I didn't major in math in college, but allow me to do some quick equations.

  • Buffalo? Injury prone Trent Edwards + Cold yet still combustible Terrell Owens + "Beast Mode" being put on pause = No.

  • Miami? Chad Pennington + Defenses catching up with the Wildcat = No.

  • New York? Unproven quarterbacks + First-year head coach = No.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

What also works against the Pats is the fact that they finished in second place in the AFC East last year. As a result, they will play the AFC's other second place finishers, a crop of team's that looks pretty tough. This includes the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. None of those teams figure to be complete and utter pushovers despite some front office and personnel changes for each this offseason.

In addition, the Patriots will also have to face four other 2008 playoff teams: Atlanta, Carolina, Tennessee and reigning division champion Miami.

The Patriots will be tested often, they will pass several of said tests, they will win their division but they will not be plowing through teams week in and week out like they once did.

By C.J. Holley  |  May 28, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  | Category:  Buffalo Bills , New England Patriots , New York Jets , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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CJ - did you look at their 2007 schedule? I think they played 4 AFC playoff teams and 3 NFC playoff teams duringthe regular season, plus a 10 win Cleveland team.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 29, 2009 10:41 AM

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