Adalius Thomas Benched, Randy Moss Giving Up, and Wes Welker Part-God

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 13:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots gains yards against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 20-10. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Well, this was quite the hectic week in New England.

It all began with the last minute loss to the Dolphins which closed the gap in the AFC East race to just one game and made these last four games more important and gave us more of a chance of having a heart attack while watching the game.

After the loss to the Dolphins, the talk the next day was all about how the dynasty was over wherever you turned. Most diehard Pats fans felt differently and for good reason.

Still, signs were beginning to show that this team might not be the same that it used to be. Four players were late to practice on Wedensday including Adalius Thomas.

Thomas was the only player to express his displeasure of being sent home for being late to practice and wound up getting benched for the Panthers game.

Thomas has all but sealed his fate in New England. Ever since his signing, he has been a total disappointment, and everyone knows that you don't question Bill Belichick.

Expect  the Pats to trade Thomas in the offseason, hopefully to Detroit or Oakland, so he can go suffer some more.

The big question after the game yesterday, though, was did Randy Moss give up?

For the most part, since Moss arrived in New England, he has been a true team player and has shown that he still has a lot left in the tank.

While he played in Minnesota and Oakland, he was known as a player that quit on his team if they were having a tough time winning games or if he wasn't getting the ball enough.

Yesterday, Randy for the most part of the game looked flustered, as he only had one catch for 16 yards and a few dropped passes. After the game, Panthers players said they knew Moss would quit if they played him hard.

I wouldn't look to much into this. Randy had one bad game. He isn't a god who can play at the highest level every game, but if it continues, then someone will have to get in his face and remind him what the Patriots are all about it.

Is Wes Welker part-god or something. Seriously, I have never seen a guy his size play so well. Welker continued to be the Pats go-to guy, as he finished the day with 10 catches for 105 yards.

With the game tied at seven in the third quarter, the Pats drove 96 yards for the go-ahead score. On the second play, Welker got a pass and was leveled by a Panthers defender. Instead of staying on the ground, he got right back up and proceeded to catch another four balls helping lead the Pats down the field for the winning score.

Welker proved he is one of the toughest guys in the league and if teams want to contain him they need to put atleast two guys on him at all times.

This was probably the craziest week of the season for the Pats, but the key was that they got the victory over the Panthers and are still in first in the division.

With three games to go, they control their own destiny and are looking to be riding high going into the playoffs.