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AFC Got A Whole Lot Tighter


 

The loss of Tom Brady to the New England Patriots is devastating for the NE Patriots and any fantasy football player who drafted him.  For the rest…eh, not so much.  If they had any intention of repeating the Super Bowl or for that matter going undefeated, they will have to do it without Tom Brady.  The rumor is that Brady has torn both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee after being tackled in the 1st quarter of the Patriots win over the Chiefs.

Brady is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow but the word out of NE is that Matt Cassel will start the remainder of the season unless the Patriots find a new QB.  While it has yet to be mentioned, Daunte Culpepper could be a candidate for the job.  Familiar with Randy Moss and supposedly healthy.  Culpepper stated that he was retiring through his agent, o.k. through the mirror, because no one would let him compete for a starting job.  Well, one just came open.

For the rest of the AFC East, the division just came a little closer to equal.  The loss by the Dolphins to the hands of a new look Jets team puts the Phins on the bottom, but all 3 teams in some ways struggled and the loss of the divisions number 1 QB levels some of that playing field. 

The Bills beat the Seahawks yesterday and they did it with very good defense.  Their ST’s also played vital roles putting up 14 points with a punt return and fake field goal.  Are they the heir apparent for the division title if the Pats can’t do it with Cassel?  Will the Jets reap the rewards of overspending?  Will the Dolphins rebound from this loss to realize that they are better than how they played?

One thing is for certain and certainly will be mentioned often by fans of the Miami Dolphins.  In 1972, the Dolphins lost starting QB Bob Griese for 90 percent of the season and went undefeated with career back-up Earl Morral.  Well, here’s your chance NE.  If you truly are a great team, one player, even Tom Brady won’t stop you…we shall see.

Tags: Buffalo Bills Matt Cassel Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets Tom Brady