The Texan trap
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Of the 3 other teams in the AFC with similar or better records then The Pats, which one do you think is most likely to have New England's number in the playoffs?? How do you think the seeding might go?
-- Craig Lamb, Portsmouth, UK
A: Right now, I'm thinking none of them. I think they can beat KC because they'll be able to solve that offense. I think they can beat Indy, because even though their defense is much improved, it's still not that great and I do believe Peyton Manning can be forced into mistakes. The only team that might be a little scary is Tennessee, but there again, the Patriots beat them in the regular season. This team has a great chance to make it to the Super Bowl.
I notice that Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills are always hot topics in your mailbag. Most Patriot fans wished Drew well on his way out of town and were happy with the trade, but the constant questioning of the move and hyping of the Bills has fueled an anti-Drew backlash. Do you feel responsible for stirring up the Drew Bashers?
-- Patrick, Andover Du Nord, Quebec Canada
A: Yeah, maybe that was me.
I know the Patriots tried out punters on their bye week. I just find it hard to believe that they can not find a better free agent punter available better than Ken Walter. If that is the case, parents should start grooming their kids as the next Ray Guy instead of the next Tiger Woods.
-- Eric Dube, Smyrna/GA
A: No question. Punters do face a lot of pressure and it's a tougher job than people think, but I will say this, you know things are going well when we're complaining about the punter.
With the All Pro caliber play that Ty Law continues to produce, will the Patriots seriously consider releasing or trading Law in the offseason. Law is the definition of a professional and is a team player. I know you say that higher ups in the Patriots organization read this column, well Mr. Kraft and Belichick, here is the voice of one of your biggest fans, "continue to pay Ty Law what he is worth, and that is every penny of his current contract". This team just would not be the same without him, and is in not a comparable situation to the decreasing production of Milloy.
-- Joe Sawhill, Altoona, Iowa
A: Good points Joe. I think the Patriots are a business-first organization. There's no sentiment involved in their decisions any more. If Ty doesn't budge, he's gone. It does seem as though it's the type of contract that can be re-worked to the satisfaction of both sides. But where Carl Poston is involved, who knows? Continued...