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Mark Maske
Staff Writer

Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

With Brady, Team to Beat


The New England Patriots aren't the defending Super Bowl champions.

Yet with Tom Brady back -- and assuming that he is back--they remain the closest thing that the NFL has to a dominant team.

Don't forget how good this team was two years ago. Brady had one of the best seasons that an NFL quarterback ever has had. The Patriots rewrote large portions of the NFL's record book for offensive exploits. No one could stop Randy Moss. The Patriots had the first 16-0 regular season in league history and were 18-0 entering the Super Bowl. They fell one victory shy of being remembered as the greatest team in the history of the sport.

Their aura of invincibility was shattered by their Super Bowl defeat to the New York Giants, and now Brady is coming back from the knee injury that ended his 2008 season after less than a single game. They don't get to pick up right where they left off. Things have changed around the league.

But one thing hasn't changed: They are the team to beat in the NFL this season.

By Mark Maske  |  May 27, 2009; 9:55 PM ET  | Category:  New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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