If the casual fan looks at the roster of each team in the NFL, you'll probably recognize a handful of players. Yet, if you looked at the Patriots current roster before the season started, you'd probably wonder how this team expects to compete in the NFL.
Sure, Wes Welker has become a popular player, and Deion Branch (whose only claim to fame was winning the Super Bowl MVP after the 2004 season) is known by some of the more in-tuned fans. But who else would you recognize from this Patriots team?
If you don't follow Florida football, you'd never know who Aaron Hernandez is. If you aren't a loyal Chadron State follower or if you missed this seasons Hard Knocks episodes, then you probably haven't heard of Danny Woodhead. The only recognizable NFL players are Fred Taylor (who had a good run with the Jaguars) and Shayne Graham, who has stepped up in Steven Gostkowski's place, neither a major contributor to the current Patriots team.
Despite all of this, the Patriots have the best record in football, and are almost guaranteed a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
There is one reason for all of this: Tom Brady.
While the Eagles are a considerably young team in the NFL, if you look at Vick's weapons, there is almost no comparison. If you doubt that, rewind DeSean Jackson's last two game tapes. He may be in a close second behind Vick for the most exciting player of the year.