Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
I believe they were 11-5 the following year without Brady (and somehow missed the playoffs with that record...reminds me of the 1999 Reds).
The AFC east played the wests that year, the Chargers were good and beat the Pats, and Arizona went to the SB that year, but it snowed when they came to Foxboro and they had already clinched, so they didn't really even show up for that game. The rest of both of those divisions were terrible, so all the AFCE teams had easy schedules that season. The Dolphins also won 11 games with Chad Pennington and their surprising(at the time) wildcat offense. It came down to the last game, the Pats needed the Jets to beat the Dolphins, and, even less surprising than Miami's wildcat is to anyone now, Favre threw 3 picks and the Dolphins won the division on a tie-breaker.
Also, Matt Cassell is still someone's starting QB, maybe Curtis Painter will surprise people with a little unexpected competence and land the Colts a draft pick after the season. Cassell had always looked totally useless in pre-seasons and garbage time before then.