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Emboldened critics target Moss

Cracks in Patriots' invincibility have foes lining up to take long-suppressed shots

Updated: December 15, 2009, 9:59 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

"There are going to be a lot of people waiting for you on the way down, Jim. Just you wait," longtime Boston Herald columnist Joe Giuliotti told Jim Rice, then at the height of his powers in the late 1970s.

Though they are in first place and on track to return to the postseason, that moment of vulnerability has finally reached the New England Patriots, and the result is a negative crescendo -- directed at the team, and this week particularly, directed at Randy Moss.

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