by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff
September 11, 2009


Patriots vs. Buffalo. Monday Night Football. Are you nervous? I’m a little nervous. Below, some reasons why.

Doubting Thomas: Despite the optimism of Thursday’s Chris Gasper article, concerns surround Tom Brady. The last time he played, Washington leviathan Albert Haynesworth pressed him like a panini. Brady’s always had the pocket presence of a handful of jax – sharp and attention-getting. Will he be as productive as hoped? Can he find receivers not named Randy Moss or Wes Welker? Speaking of whom …

Fare Thee Welker: When was the last time Welker caught a pass in game action? (Oh, wait, I can find that … August 20 vs. Cincinnati.) With his recent limited participation in practice (knee) we must question his readiness. Rookie Julian Edelman surprised early, but missed games with a reported ankle injury. Meanwhile, veteran Joey Galloway (six catches, 49 yards) did little more than roster cut Greg Lewis (four catches, 58 yards).

Beware The Ides Of Marshawn: The last time these two teams met, Bills running back Marshawn Lynch didn’t play; however, backup Fred Jackson roamed like his team city’s namesake (although, technically, the American Buffalo is a bison), gaining 136 yards on 27 carries. Now lacking Richard Seymour, the Patriots defense will have to stop Jackson again. Of course, if the Bills go to the air …

Ready To T.O. The Line: Though his preseason has been hampered by a toe injury, Terrell Owens has said he’s good to go (and then some). New England fans should take heed, as Owens’s averaged nearly six miles of receiving yards vs. the Pats (okay, fine, I’m exaggerating). After facing a defense that has battled inconsistency, let’s hope T.O. doesn’t have too much fun at his post-game press conference.

Are we ready for some football? Sure. Are the Pats? We’ll see.

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