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One Team Pats May Have Trouble With......

With the way the landscape of the AFC playoff picture is shaping up, you would think that the Patriots look set up for a deep run in the playoffs and more than likely a return trip to the Super Bowl. I see one team out there that may slow this train down and possibly derail it. You can easily say to yourself that it must be Denver with Peyton and the MVP season that he is having, or even the well balanced Texans with Foster and J.J. Watts reeking havoc. But it is not, it is the Patriots. That's right, but for reasons that have plagued most teams and that would be injuries. Luckily for us the mantra of "next man up" has never been stronger due to the excellent depth the Patriots have shown. Mankins, Connely, Jones, hurt to name a few, no problem step right up. Yesterday was one of the first times that their depleted Offensive Line was tested and failed since the beginning of the season. The running game stalled until the final drive and Brady was sacked four times, but that is what can happen against a top 10 defense against a tattered offensive line. Seeing Edelman after the game in crutches and a walking boot does not help this offense going forward, especially since he occupies a key cog on special teams. The next two weeks are huge in determining pole positions for the Super Bowl run, let's hope that the final quarter pole of the season becomes a healthy one. We need for players to stay healthy and too come back from not being, otherwise the Patriots may be their own worst enemy.

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