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SI.com’s Banks Says the Pats are Headed Back to the Playoffs

The Pats have a fan when it comes to expectations for 2009, as SI.com writer Don Banks has thrown it out there that the Pats are headed back where they belong – the postseason!

Yes, Banks wrote recently that the Pats will make it to the dance, here’s what he had to write about a postseason trip for Pats:

• New England — A no-brainer to start, but everybody’s got to hit their layups. Without Tom Brady last season, the Patriots went 11-5 and scored more than all but one AFC team (San Diego). With Brady’s return to health — relax, Pats Nation, he’s gonna be ready — there’s no reason to think of New England as anything other than the conference’s top Super Bowl contender.

The schedule is undoubtedly tougher this season, with New England drawing the NFC South and AFC South (which featured seven of eight teams at .500 or better in ’08), rather than last year’s lame NFC West/AFC West combo (one winning team last season). But the Patriots have made another nice veteran signing in running back Fred Taylor, improved their weak secondary, and I don’t expect them to be doomed this season by the twin losses of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and personnel man Scott Pioli.


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