by Scott Benson

“It’s still a game of passion and emotion. When you’ve lost that, you’ve lost everything,” – John Madden, NBC Sports, 10:45 PM, September 24, 2006

Nuff said.

Another humiliating, debilitating loss to the Denver Broncos, every bit as ridiculous as the 25 that preceded it. It was a rancid, foul performance at every turn. Shocking from a team that had supposedly rededicated itself in the wake of a crushing playoff loss just 8 months ago.

I guess that was before Tom Brady threw up his hands, put on his blinders, and decided that he – like his predecessor – just doesn’t have enough weapons around him. Gone, apparently, are the days when Brady would deign to throw to a talentless oaf like Fred Coleman in an effort to win a game.

Say what you will, but the national audience that tuned in tonight will go to bed tonight fully believing that the Patriots stink.

They have every right to. God help them – and us – next week.