CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the Patriots and their chances in the playoffs. "They're as dangerous as anybody in football with their passing attack," Esiason said. "I just worry about their defense." Esiason noted that New England's first-round opponent does not scare teams as much as in years past. "One thing about the Ravens, they are not the same defense we remember," he said.
Esiason said the Patriots' late-game problems need to be remedied if they are to be successful. "If there's anything that's un-Bill Belichick-like, it's giving up these leads in the fourth quarter," Esiason said. "That's got to be the No. 1 priority going into the playoffs — how do you protect a lead when you get it?"
Esiason talked about Wes Welker's injury and said he doesn't expect to see the receiver in uniform again until 2011. "The other cruel part of this is he's not going to be ready next year, either," Esiason said. "This is a major knee injury."
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