Well, what a whirlwind of emotions Sunday afternoon was for the New England Patriots and their fans as they defeated the previously undefeated New Orleans Saints.

As the dust settles on all the jubilation in New England brought by Tom Brady's clutch end zone spiral to Kenbrell Thompkins, a gloomy shadow has quickly dampened the celebratory mood. Injuries, and not just any injuries, some key players left today's game for both side but more importantly for the Patriots.

Danny Amendola looked frightenly shaken after a hit to the head removed him from the game and Dan Connolly also left the game earlier on. On top of that as Mike posted, both Jerod Mayo and Aqib Talib left the game and Gillette more wounded than the Walking Dead. Although the win temporarily helps ease the pain of these losses but going forward there are some serious concerns. Jerod Mayo is the defensive captain and play caller. Not to mention the tackling machine that he is either but his loss is somewhat overshadowed by Talib's at the moment.

Jimmy Graham had zero catches on Sunday. Aqib Talib covered him until he left with the hip injury in the 2nd half. Talib had previously shut down Julio Jones, AJ Green, and Vincent Jackson before he kept the leagues leading receiver to a big fat doughnut. With Vince Wilfork no longer a presence on the defense, Aqib has been their MVP and arguably in consideration for first half MVP of the league. He has been that good and without him the Pats are left with Alfonzo Dennard who is one non continuance from a judge away from possibly being behind bars and the great slot corner Kyle Arrington. If it is a hip-flexor as it is feared to be Talib could miss substantial time further gutting an elite defense in 2013.

Frank Cypriano

Frank Cypriano 10/13/2013 09:00:00 PM Edit

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