The season is half-way over and the New England Patriots stand 6-2. It’s been a fairly turbulent ride – the opening night nail-biter, the Jets upset, two big wins against the black birds, a heart-breaking OT loss to Josh McDaniels’ Broncos, two thrashing – one in October snow, the other in London, and finally a battle against the wildcat for AFC East supremacy. For somebody who envisioned smooth sailing early on, much like 2007, the first half of this season has been quite the surprise. I never thought the Patriots offense would struggle the way it did early on. I also never saw the defense being as dominant as it has been. Joey Galloway getting cut? No way! Brandon McGowan becoming a defensive star? Never! Yet even though things haven’t gone quite as planned, one thing remains the same nine weeks later – I believe the New England Patriots are a Super Bowl team.