Originally posted on Musket Fire  |  Last updated 11/25/11

FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 26: Defensive end Andre Carter #99 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 26, 2006 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Pats defeated the Redskins 41-0. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Andre Carter has been one of the biggest surprises of the season on defense. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) At the moment the Patriots are 7-3 and are in the driver’s seat to once again win the AFC East. Their schedule sets up perfectly for them the rest of the season. Of their remaining six games, only one of them is against a team with a winning record, the Bills in the last game of the season. Also, of the six games remaining, only one of those games will they face a quarterback that started the season for that team (assuming Michael Vick doesn’t play Sunday).There is no way around the fact that the Patriots defense has struggled this season, and injuries certainly have not helped. Anytime you hold your breath when James Ihedigbo goes down, you know something hasn’t gone your way. They are ranked among the worst in the league and continue to play the bend but don’t break defense, that ultimately in the end has hurt them in each of the past two seasons ending with early playoff losses. W...
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