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Pats D in trouble?

Posted by Brad on September 3, 2007

The answer to that question is, no.  This team is too good not to do well, even with the losses of star Safety Rodney Harrison (suspended, 5 weeks) and D-Lineman, Richard Seymour (injured, 6 weeks).

Despite the facts they are two of the best players on defense, this team still has too many good players, like Asante Samuel, Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas and Tedy Bruschi.  It is full of really good players who can keep the defense going, despite these major losses.

Of course, this will still be a very good test for this defense.  It will give Brandon Meriweather a great chance to show what he can do at safety.  It is also an aging defense, with the exceptions of Samuel and Thomas.  It will be interesting to see what they can do without two of their integral players.

Despite all this, I still predict a successful first five weeks from this defense.  Plus, with the unbelievable offense the Pats have, there isn’t going to be as much pressure on the defense to be perfect as their was last year.  They can give up more points than last year and this team can still win many games.

I don’t think the pass rush will be as affected as many people think it will.  Seymour had only four sacks last season, and Adalius Thomas should be able to help out with the pass rush.  I am more concerned about the loss of Harrison.  He is a hard-hitting safety.  And, the Pats secondary isn’t stellar without him, with the exception of Samuel.

Overall, I think the Pats defense will do well with James Sanders filling in for Rodney Harrison and should get off to a good start to the season. 

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