Brady's struggles a hot topic

Updated: December 22, 2009, 4:12 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Two themes stood out from this week's Patriots mailbag -- the team's offensive struggles, and playoff positioning.

The most common question was, "What's wrong with the offense?" As for the playoffs, I'm going to spend time today breaking down all the possibilities. It's always a challenge to piece it together, so my general thoughts now are simple: The Patriots need to win this week and wrap up the AFC East so they can rest key players the final week of the season at Houston.

That ...

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