Everybody, including what looked like the Patriots themselves, all had the same mindset. No Superbowl this year. With the Red Sox packing their bags in a dissapointing 3-1 loss in Tamba to the Rays, which left them mere minutes away from a championship birth, "Bostonians" around the world gave up hope, and tuned into preseason basketball.
Even with the likes of Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and the steadfast offensive line that Tom Brady himself crowned "All Pro Caliber", there was no way that the Patriots could come back from the loss of God himself. This was confirmed after the embarrassing loss to San Diego, which was the worst loss that the Patriots had taken since the 31-0 spanking that they took from Buffalo back in 2003.
But who would believe their ears that on center stage, Monday Night Football, Matt Cassell would be the savior, throwing for 3 touchdown passes, 2 to all-pro Randy Moss, and then give way to Sammy Morris and the rest of the Patriots rushing attack.
Cassell, who hadn't thrown for 2 or more touchdowns since his second to last game in High School, both silenced critics and proved that he can be a very effective quarterback in this leauge, lighting up the soft Bronco defense with a 136.3 passer rating.
While the short screen and rushing attacks aren't as exciting to the fans as 60 yard bombs to Moss, little has everone realized that New England's offense is capable of many things this year. If Cassel continues to progress and grow into that leaders role that seems natural to him, 12-4 and a trip to the Superbowl doesn't sound that far off. Not to the believers, and not to the experts either.