I am not a fan of the Patriots defense this year. It's like a gaping black hole. One of the few bright spots this year has been defensive end Andre Carter.
The veteran has been part of the league for 11 years. This is first year rocking the blue, red and silver. He also played for five years in a little town called Washington DC.
So, yes, this is a homecoming.
But for the Patriots to get a win in this game, they need Carter to make tackles and get pressure on Rex Grossman. Carter has 47 tackles and nine sacks on the year so expect him to be a presence on defense.
Truthfully, though, the whole defense needs to step up and it starts with the defensive line. This group of men, including Andre Carter, needs to play to the best of their ability and make sure that Rex does not feel comfortable in the pocket.