Patriots at the bye week

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Patriots at the bye week

Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi sat down to talk about what the Patriots need to do during their bye week to help them continue further into the season.

"I think with the New England Patriots right now, you have to establish if there is an Achilles heel present." said Curran, "I think the Achilles heel that existed last year is that they were one-dimensional offensively, and you found that in the postseason when the Jets overwhelmed them along the offensive line. The Patriots didn't have an answer in the running game. I think the Patriots have addressed that Achilles heel."

Curran then identified a new potential problem for the 2011 Patriots that might hold them back from becoming a strong team going into the second half of the season.

"All it takes is one team with one good scheme and a couple mistakes and then everything blows up in your face," said Curran, "The Patriots have been more mistake-prone in 2011 than they were in 2010. That to me is a little bit of a concern, especially from the offense."

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

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Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate. 

Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first. 

"Who's Roger," he asked? 

Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers. 

"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."

Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted. 

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."

Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.

In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.