Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/9/12
The AFC East will be one of the weakest divisions in 2012, with only the New England Patriots posing any kind of threat to go deep in the playoffs. However, even the Patriots will not be as dominant as they have been in years past due to a below average offensive line, a concept that was previously foreign to Tom Brady.Over the last decade, the formula for having success against New England has been surprisingly simple: Get pressure on Brady and you have a decent chance. The problem with this strategy is that it usually fails, as the two-time MVP has had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL since he became the starter in 2001. This year looks to be different, though, as the Patriots are going to struggle with their pass protection due to changes up front.In 2011, three of the five New England starters along the offensive line were perennial Pro Bowlers, and their center, Dan Koppen (who was recently cut), was named to the squad in 2007. It makes sense why Kurt Warner recently ...
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