The Patriots are Looking Like They Did In 2005

Henry LaborantiContributor IMay 14, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Tom Brady #12 of of the New England Patriots passes in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

With one season losing the Super Bowl, and another not making the playoffs, this year the Patriots look to be ready to win it all again. While some of the Patriot's players were much younger and quicker in 2005, New England has brought in some new faces in to help bring the trophy back to Foxborough where it belongs.

Rodney Harrison and Corey Dillon were two huge factors that played a role in the Patriots 24 - 21 win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. However, with Rodney Harrison recovering from a possible career ending injury and Corey Dillon being retired, the Patriots have had to bring in a list of players who can fill their shoes, and take them to the championship game once again.

Rodney Harrison's impact on the feild may be replaced by newly acquired Shawn Springs. Springs is considered to be one of the most talented defensive backs in the game. Although with only seven starts last season, some fans are wondering if Springs will have a big enough effect on the Patriots defense. Look for Springs to start every game and make an immediate impact. If there is one guy who can recreate a monster it's Bill Belichick.

Corey Dillon's rushing was a huge factor in the Patriots win in '05. Look for newly acquired Fred Taylor to make a big splash offensively. With Taylor, Maroney, and Morris all in the backfield, the Patriots could possibly come close to leading the AFC in rushing yards. Taylor doesn't have great speed, but neither did Dillon. With quick short and powerful bursts, Taylor could escape many tackles. Look for Taylor wracking up at least 600 yards, Maroney 400, and Morris 400. Oh yeah, don't forget one of the most underrated players in the league, Kevin Faulk. While Faulk has never been the all around go to guy, he makes bad plays turn in to touchdowns.

Take a look at this list: Brady, Taylor / Maroney / Morris / Faulk, Welker, Moss, Galloway, Springs, Mayo, Bruschi, Thomas, Warren, and Wilfork. Almost each player has either been to the Pro-Bowl or deserved to be there. You make the call, how far will the Patriots go this season.

-Henry Laboranti