And Angerer ,, Mathis, Powers and the whole crew will be coming back.
Good or bad?
Mathis we need up there. You HAVE to have a pass rush to have a shot at Brady. Remember they have field turf now so even if it's nasty weather it should still be a fairly quick surface as opposed to grass at this time of the year. That should help Mathis, Freeney, and Hughes. With that said Mathis has been our best pass rusher this season so we need him vs. Brady.
Angerer still has a nose for the ball and makes plays. Having him and Freeman in the middle should help with the run game that the Pats have discovered.
As for the corner spots. I think Brady would eat Butler and Vaughn for lunch. While Powers has not had a good year I would rather have him and Davis for this game than Butler and Vaughn. Clearly you can't sit on the WRs and not fear any deep passes like they were doing tonight and even then Vaughn struggled at times. Brady would tear him apart. As for Butler I see that going the way of Manning vs. Jason David did a few years ago. Brady would single him out and attack him because he knows his weaknesses from going up against him in practices. I'll take the all world QB. vs. the corner who has a habit of under performing during his career even if he had a great game tonight. Davis has played pretty well when he's been out there. I know he doesn't have turnovers but frankly most of the time QBs don't throw his way when he's out there which means he's doing his job out there because his guy isn't open to have the ball come his way. As for Powers it's been a bad season but I still think he's our second best corner. Frankly it's another member of the secondary I look to step up in this game. Bethea tends to have good games against Brady.