I am trying to make myself feel better about the Brady deal. I'm rationalizing that he was the key guy on one unit of the team, but there are 3 units and if they all perform well enough on any given week, the Pats still have a great chance to win. I am not even close to an Xs and Ox guy, so I'd love to hear from you football-savy folks out there about this week's game. As much as I hate (love) to write in cliches, I would say that football more so than any other sport embodies the expression "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". And, football (like every real sport) is a game about matchups. I think those issues are inarguable. Of course there is much more to the game than that, such as coaching, luck, etc, but to dummy things down, I think it's fair to say that the NFL is all about how well each unit of one team is able to execute against the competitive unit of the other team. Which is all a very long-winded way of asking who will win these matchups: Pats' O vs Jets' D Jets' O vs Pats' D Pats' ST vs Jets' ST I would have to think that the Pats' D "beats" the Jets' O, but I'm not so sure on the other 2 matchups. What do you folks think, and feel free to be as detailed as you want.