FOXBORO — He may have lost the championship belt, but Brandon McGowan can still pack a powerful punch.



FOXBORO — Fred Taylor is up for a challenge.

The 33-year-old running back was asked Monday if he could handle 20 to 25 carries the rest of the season for the Patriots. While he acknowledged the need to pace himself, he certainly sounded like a man who could warm to such a plan.



When Randy Moss enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame (I’d guess in 2017, figuring he plays three more years) you’ll hear a lot about 2007 and 1998.



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO — In a recent meeting, Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood before his players and threw down the gauntlet.



FOXBORO — Joey Galloway knows all about getting acclimated to a new quarterback.



FOXBORO — Tom Brady isn’t stupid.



FOXBORO — For a team that prides itself on its special teams play, what happened to the Patriots on Sunday was inexcusable.



An unusual dependency on Tom Brady pretty much describes the Patriots' problems heading into Week 3 of the 2009 season.

New England should have learned its lesson back in 2007 — but more on that later.



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Stand back — it's time to open up the inaugural football mailbag and dive in. I’ll be taking your Patriots-related e-mails here every week and publishing the best questions every Wednesday. I welcome any reasonable questions at cprice@weei.com. Knock yourselves out.

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Hey Chris,   



The loss to the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets was bad, but it was compounded by the week-long yapping of the Jets players and coach. Losing sucks. Losing to the Jets sucks more. Losing to a Jets team that yaps sucks the most. But there were plenty of legit football reasons why the Patriots lost.

OFFENSE: D-



STEVE DEOSSIE

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