On the loss of Colvin: It seems to be a consensus among the media and fans that AD is going to slide inside, but I am not too sure. I can absolutely see it happening, maybe even a majority of the time, but I just don't see the team leaning on Bruschi and Seau that hard. I fully expect AD to man the middle quite a bit more than people expect and NE to use Woods and Brown (Chad, not Troy ) at OLB. I don't see Brown playing the middle much at all unless the game is completely out of hand. I have heard many people discuss that, but I think that they are being swayed by how he was used on 2005 when ILB was completely empty. Even in that season, Brown shifted to the outside once Vrabel and Bruschi took over. Hell, Brown played solely on the outside even in the Jax game when Bruschi was out. On Troy: I have a funny feeling that Brown is going to be surprisingly involved in the offense. Troy is definitely slowing down and he clearly couldn't handle being the #1 option, even it was just on key downs like last year. But this team is different. Brown is still an extremely valuable guy out there who can beat every single LB or #3 CB in the entire league - and most safeties as well. I fully expect the team to find packages that give him an opportunity to help this team. Even despite this, Brown will likely be worked into games where NE has a lead to give Welker some breathers. The WRs still need to work with Brady, but Wes really takes a beating out there. On Baltimore: I have said this before, but don't expect NE to be much more balanced than they were last week. Baltimore is awesome against the run at #1 in ypc allowed and #2 (despite a 4-7 record) at total yardage allowed. On the other hand, they are 26th in passing ypa allowed and 25th in defensive passer rating. NE will pass, pass, pass and pass some more. I fully expect the OL to bounce back from a mediocre performance and give Brady plenty of time against a Ravens defense that isn't quite what people think it is anymore. I'm sure that I am forgetting something, but I have to get going.