The Patriots lost their home opener for the first time since 2001 with a 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It was perhaps the most unexpected loss in recent memory for the Patriots.
The actual game however, will likely be overshadowed this week by scrutiny over the usage of franchise wide receiver Wes Welker.
Welker did not start the game (though he was announced as a starter) and only entered the game after Aaron Hernandez suffered an ankle sprain that will likely keep him out until November.
Whether it is Tom Curran and Ron Borges arguing over the use or Welker, or sports radio hosts and callers and Twitter NFL experts angrily questioning whether Bill Belichick knows what’s best for his team.
Greg A. Bedard tries to cover all possibilities – Role of Patriots’ Welker further in doubt
Karen Guregian asks if we’re nuts to wonder what is going on here – Again, Wes isn’t more
Tom E. Curran says even Welker seems mystified at what’s happening – Welker was a backup plan vs. Cardinals