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Brady's absence doesn't hide Patriots' defensive woes

Originally Published: October 18, 2008
By Doug Farrar | Football Outsiders

If Tom Brady had not torn the ACL and MCL in his left knee early in New England's opening game, would the Patriots be 3-2, with both losses by margins of 20 or more points? The transfer of power from Brady to untested backup Matt Cassel certainly has not come without its struggles. But teams before the 2008 Patriots have survived the loss of a franchise quarterback.

The 1972 Dolphins, whose undefeated season the 2007 Pats almost trumped, lost starter Bob Griese to a broken leg in ...

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