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Friday, December 02, 2005

Time for some happy returns?

In checking this week's injury report, its looking hopeful that Tom Brady may have a few more options to work with this weekend against The Jets. There's a good chance at a return to the field of play for Corey Dillon, Kevin Faulk and if we're extra lucky, David Givens.

Whew. Let's hope it happens because these guys can't come back soon enough if you ask me. If there were ever a time when we needed to start getting some of our number one guys back and healthy, this is it. December is here and it's time to make a run for the playoffs.

Heath Evans and Patrick Pass did an admirable job holding things together in Dillon and Faulk's absence. Evans in particular was a pleasant surprise. Maybe he's no Corey Dillon, but he got the job done when we needed it. Even when Dillon and Faulk eventually return, hopefully this weekend, I'm sure it won't be the last we will see of either Evans or Pass. Their presence will give The Patriots a formidable stable of running back options and they will provide needed relief to Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk until they are back in game shape. As we head into the colder months, I'll be hoping the running game will take a big leap forward with all four of these players available to The Pats.

As we look forward to the Jets this weekend, don't let their 2-9 record fool you. AFC East opponents are always tough so you can just throw the records away for all of these divisional games that lie before us. The Jets will be out to show a little pride and you can bet they will do their best to try to knock The reigning Superbowl Champs down another notch.

This will be the first time The Pats will have to face off against Ty Law this year. Law has been an overall disappointment for the Jets. Despite his claims that he was fully recovered from his foot injury, the injury has continued to be a problem and has hampered him all year.

Looks like The Pats knew what they were doing when they did not meet his overpriced salary demands last off-season. Of course we could have used him in our backfield this season but hindsight is always 20/20. After last year's injuries to our defensive back-field the Pats were extra-stocked in that department heading into the season. Who could have known The Pats would suffer another ravaging amount of injuries to their secondary once again? It's nuts.

It's been speculated that The Jets will let Ty go after this season. Maybe the Pats will have a shot to bring him back at a discount next year. We'll see. First we've got a lot more Football in front of us so lets enjoy it while it's here.

Despite the problems in our secondary, The Pats red-zone defense has shown a lot of improvement over the past few weeks. Lets hope an improving defense along with the return of some of our offensive starters can get the Pats Playoffs run kick-started.

I have a feeling The Pats may have a few tricks left up their sleeves. I'm hoping you'll see us surprise a few people as we make a push for the Playoffs.


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