FOXBORO — During a season in which keeping Tom Brady comfortable in the pocket has never been more important, the Patriots offensive line is doing its part.



Did we miss something here? Or did the Patriots beat a 2-0 Atlanta team pretty handily on Sunday?



KERRY BYRNE

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It took some time, but you guys responded to my request — I got some good e-mails this week (including two from outside the United States) about a variety of Patriots-related stuff, including questions if Terrence Nunn or Brandon Tate can contribute this season, the future of



OK, everyone who was assuming the worst for this Patriots defense, raise your hand. Unless you are one of the two Patriot Pom-Poms I work with on The Big Show, you were just like me. You thought the defense would be helped out mostly by a prolific, high-scoring offense.



STEVE DEOSSIE

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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.