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The Patriots survived week 1 (which is more than we can say for a certain team from San Diego) despite losing the golden boy. I was at the game and it’s an understatement to say that the energy completely left the house for the balance of three quarters. There are rumors that it’s an ACL tear which would mean that us football fans can hibernate for another 12 months and would be devastating to the team (but oh so fun for all the Patriots haters *ahem* Trey Wingo *ahem*). Matt Cassel came in and did a decent job – 13-18, 182 yards, TD – but we can’t judge too much from the performance considering it came against the hapless Chiefs. Here’s a look at the three questions from before the game:
It’s all about the Brady injury and the impact. If Brady is out for the year then get ready for Patriots circa 2001 as you’ll see a lot of dinknig and dunking all over the field and the reliance of the defense to win games. There are no definitive reports on the severity of the injury but it doesn’t look good. Hope that he’s only out for a few weeks, but it does say something for the Pats to overcome the shock loss of No. 12 and pull out the victory. Randy Moss had another good game, including a huge 50 yard catch on 3rd and long from the Patriots own goal line, a catch which extended a drive that leaded to a touchdown.
UPDATE: It is indeed a season ending injury for Brady. Time for the leaders on the team to step up and keep the Patriots afloat in a weak AFC East.