This week’s mailbag features more nuts and bolts Patriots talk than anything we’ve done here to date. Nothing like an embarrassing loss on national television to get the hard questions flowing. And you know us, we’re never afraid to engage those questions.



MICHAEL FELGER

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The second quarter just got underway and the score is Brady 14, Belichick 0.

When Tom Brady’s knee bent backward like an ostrich leg in Week 1, Patriots fans cringed at the image and knew the season just took a major turn for the worse.



KERRY BYRNE

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SAN DIEGO—If the Patriots were able to get out of San Diego with a win on Sunday night a more than reasonable argument could be made that New England was still the class of the AFC. With a 4-1 record and an easy schedule, fans could start dreaming of a one seed and maybe, just maybe, start looking at hotel prices in Tampa.



KIRK MINIHANE

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Three minutes. That’s how long it took Sunday night for nearly all of Patriots’ flaws to be exposed during their embarrassing loss at the Chargers. Consider it a microcosm.



MICHAEL FELGER

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The post-Brady Patriots are 3-1 heading into their showdown with the San Diego not-so-super Chargers (2-3) Sunday night. Some New England fans might even feel pretty good about the team’s prospects this season in the aftermath of the Tom Brady injury.



KERRY BYRNE

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Pretty interesting game coming up for the Patriots, don’t you think? If the Pats can beat the Chargers on national television Sunday night, they will come home with two wins on their West Coast trip and sport a 4-1 record on the year.



MICHAEL FELGER

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SAN FRANCISCO - Maybe all Patriots fans should give a quick thanks for the Bobby Grier Era.



KIRK MINIHANE

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We’ve seen it so often we’ve become numb to it, but it’s still remarkable how many situationally unaware, poorly-coached football teams the Patriots seem to play every year.



MICHAEL FELGER

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Let’s start off this edition of the bag with a Surgeon General’s Warning. I spend a ton of time this week talking about myself. Even more than usual. Hey, it’s the bye week. If you find the media talking about the media hazardous to your sanity, please return next week.



MICHAEL FELGER

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I don’t know what sort of bizarro universe I inhabited this week, but in responding to my emails following the Dolphins debacle, I felt like I channeled my inner Dale Arnold and served as the voice of reason. The scoreboard may have said 38-13, but according to me, all is apparently well. Nothing to worry about.



MICHAEL FELGER

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