But again, back to the question: would Belichick have turned Jackson loose like this? Would anyone other than John Harbaugh, who has altered his entire operation to accommodate one singular talent? No way. At least not Belichick, whose entire philosophy is built on system and team … maybe to a fault.
How many wins is Matthew Slater worth? It's a question worth asking now that the Patriots' special teams captain has made a pair of difference-making plays in the team's two closest wins of the season.
So what’s going on here? Is Sale OK and are the Red Sox looking to trade him after foolishly signing him to a five-year, $145-million contract that has yet to even begin? Or is Sale injured and are the Red Sox busy trying to find ways to completely rebuild their starting rotation as a result?
The Cowboys' roster has plenty of talent that can give the Patriots problems on Sunday. But if head coach Jason Garrett manages situations like he did in a loss to the Vikings, they could come undone in a massive mismatch for Bill Belichick.