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This is from start to finish a domination by the Patriots on both sides of the ball. The stats and final score may not indicate it but there was never really a doubt in the second half that the Patriots were going to win the game. The final drive which lasted more than 9:00 was a thing of beauty and despite the loss of another important defender the team is making strides towards becoming an elite AFC team again. Here’s a look at the answers to our questions:
Right now Matt Cassel is the talk of the league as he’s guided this injury-depleted team to a 6-3 record and had made noticeable improvements along the way. His internal clock is finally getting wound every week and he’s stepping up in the pocket a lot more. His rushing ability far surpasses that of Brady at this stage in his career and he seems to be grasping more of the offense as time goes on. Because he’s kept the mistakes to a minimum and is proving he knows what’s going on the offensive play calling will open up a little as a result. Right now the Patriots have some balance and rhythm we did not see early in the year. Randy Moss running slant routes has really involved him in the last few weeks. Another AFC East test is on the horizon.