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Bedard’s Breakdown: Brady remains top topic, but Patterson becoming a real force

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

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Unless you're a total Patriots homer, the headline coming out of Sunday's 24-12 victory against the wretched Bills (at least their offense) was the almost total ineptness of the Patriots' passing game and Tom Brady.

We all know what we saw and, while a viewing of the game film didn't make anyone feel better about it — especially the potentially effective screen pass to James Develin that Brady flat-out quit on, or that on New England's four scoring drives, Brady was a passenger with just six pass attempts (four on the Julian Edelman touchdown drive) in 27 plays — we're not going to belabor the point because we don't write about the obvious here at BSJ. We all watched the game. Everyone knows Brady isn't right, despite what he says, and his health/effectiveness is looming over this franchise heading into the postseason. But we've been there and written that.

We'll get to picking apart Brady in due course, but the other thing that really popped on film in this game was Cordarrelle Patterson. Namely, that besides Brady, I think Patterson is the biggest key to whether or not this offense can do anything in the postseason.

As of this moment — and we'll have to see how he emerges from the left leg injury that knocked him out of the game early in the third quarter — Patterson is the Patriots' most dangerous weapon, and it's not even close.