Over the last 2 weeks, we've seen what can get to the patriots: 1. An aggressive pass rush defense that can get to Brady 2. A strong running game. Philly has an aggressive pass rush, and an elite RB in Westbrook. Baltimore has an aggressive pass rush, and a pretty good RB in McGahee. SD has the BEST running back in the league, and what should be the BEST pass rush in the league (if cottrell doesn't forget what a blitz is, unlike what happened for 11 weeks or so to start the season). If we can shove Merriman/Phillips into Brady's face all game and not give him time in the pocket, we can contain the offense, and put the ball in the hands of LT to run out NE's aging defensive core. SD also has a quarterback that isn't as bad (on average) as Boller or Feeley, and we also lead the league in INTs and passes defensed. SD also has one of the best turnover margins in the NFL. If pressure goes to Brady, we can force a few bad throws or forced fumbles that lead to turnovers, kind of like what happened in the playoffs last year (yes we dominated Brady before the collosal choke). Brady threw 3 INTs in last year's playoff game, and last years def didn't start this years INT leader, Antonio Cromartie (god this guys turning into such a stud CB). This year, I'm sure nobody will be retarded enough to ignore LT in the second half, and McCree won't be an idiot and fumble an INT on 4th and 1. Sure the Pats have better receivers this year but receivers cant save Brady if he doesn't get the time to throw good passes to them. If anyone is going to beat NE this year, it's going to be the Chargers. If the Chargers lose on Jan. whatever, then the Pats are running the table and I'll die a little bit inside. /me retires.