Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images I think it’s safe to say that the New England Patriots are having a below-average season this year. With Tom Brady at the helm, it is a common occurrence to see New England win games by 30-plus points. Right from the get-go however, it was clear that was not going to be the case. Grinding out 13-10 and 24-21 wins against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the first two games of the season, some fans became concerned that this squad did not have the firepower of Patriots teams’ past. As we learned 12 years ago however, explosive offensive play is not always the key to victory. The lack of explosiveness became apparent during the first two games of the 2001 campaign.  New England lost the first two games to the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets by 17-23 and 3-10 scores. The Jets game as we all know started a new era of Patriots football as Tom Brady took over at the helm. Even with that development, keep in mind that the Tom Brady of 2001 was not as deve...
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