Ever-vigilant Patriots fans manned the battlestations Thursday night when injured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethli
The NFL's hand may have been forced. Who else other than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could have been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month?
Another one of the Patriots' AFC rivals took a stumble this past weekend when Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury that will keep him on the sideline for a report
So I guess any questions we might have had over how the Patriots would respond to an emotional and contentious offseason have been answered.
Three quick thoughts heading into the weekend: