Its a division game, so its important, but ultimately for the Pats this is not much more than just 1 of 16. For ME its a very big one. Why? Because I am stuck in an unknown zone with my opinion of this team. My feeling is that looking at the other 52 players aside from starting QB, we have clearly the best team in the NFL. My feeling that Brady being the best QB took that talent from the best to the dominant. Does losing Brady bring us from dominant to the best, or does Cassel detract from all of the other talent. Is all of the other talent overrated because Brady carried them? Or is all of the other talent underrated because Brady got too much of the credit as the face of the franchise. This week will begin to answer those questions. Additionally, the Jets sucked last year, and the media wants to annoint them as contenders for reasons I disagree with. I found their off-season moves to be voluminous, yet unimpressive. Favre is being sold by the media as the reason they have improved drastically from 4-12. I do not see it that way. I see him as about as much a liability as a benefit with the poor decision-making and ints. I think he does enough good that he can make a weak team respectable, but I dont think he elevates any team at this point in his career other than the weak one. I guess this will be tested this week too. I can see the Pats coming out and surgically dismantling the Jets, just like they did to many opponents last year. Maybe it will take 3 quarters without Brady to get the game in hand instead of most games being over by halftime like last year. I can also see the Pats struggling on offense, and every games being a battle. If I had to guess, my guess would be that Cassel is going to be given a much larger amount of responsiblity than anyone expects, and that we are going to go out trying to run an offense resembling last years high scoring juggernaut, and plugging Cassel in. I can also see us going the other direction and taking the air out of the ball, but I think the first is more likely.