Chad Ochocinco and the New England Patriots: 2012 Super Bowl Champions?

Adam RosenCorrespondent IIJuly 28, 2011

The king of Twitter and touchdown celebrations has a new home.

And this time, he has a future Hall of Famer throwing him the football.

On the same day Albert Haynesworth was acquired from the Washington Redskins, in a shocking and brilliant move the New England Patriots acquired Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals for two late draft picks in 2012 and 2013.

Now with Ochocinco lining up at wide receiver alongside Wes Welker, don't be surprised if the Patriots return to the offensive dominance that was seen during their 2008 season, en route to setting the record for most points in a season with 589—shattering the previous record by 33 points.

And while Brady connected with Randy Moss for an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes, don't be surprised if the record books are rewritten once again. 

These Patriots will be better than the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Better than the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And even when prized free agent Nnamdi Asomugha lands in the Big Apple as a member of the New York Jets, the 2011 AFC East crown has already been awarded to the Patriots.

Although Ochocinco comes with a big personality and reputation, the player who has never been suspended by the league or had any major off the field incidents leaves Cincinnati a six-time Pro Bowler, Cincinnati's all-time leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783) and TD catches (66), and recorded six consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2002-07).

Despite seeing his numbers dip to 67 receptions, 831 yards and four touchdowns in 2010, while playing in 14 games, don't blame Ochocinco. 

Blame his quarterback, Carson Palmer, who had a quarterback rating of 81.4 and only completed 61.8 percent of his passes, leading a lackluster Bengals offense who ranked 20th in the NFL. 

So, with Moss no longer around, the Patriots have found their replacement in Ochocinco. But despite not having the freakish talent similar to Moss—not many players do—Ochocinco will be the perfect complement for Welker, providing a talented deep threat for Brady. 

No one saw this coming. How could you? Could you have ever imagined this odd-couple joining forces?

Now, Bill Belichick, who has turned careers and troubled personalities around, is blessed with the opportunity to control the greatest personality—on the field—in the NFL?

Does this mean we will no longer be hearing from @Ochocinco? Will Mr. Charisma be gone forever?  But most importantly, does this mean the Patriots are destined for a Super Bowl championship?

We saw Brady win Super Bowl XXXVIII with Deion Branch, Troy Brown and Antowain Smith. He won Super Bowl XXXIX with David Givens, Daniel Graham and Corey Dillon. 

And now, Super Bowl XLVI, which will be held on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be won with Welker, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the newest member, Chad Ochocinco.

That's right.

On July 28, 2011, the Super Bowl champions were crowned.

They hail from Massachusetts. They play at Gillette Stadium.

They are the New England Patriots.