Of the team's second-half struggles in its three losses, Bruschi says:
"This is out of character for a Bill Belichick-coached team, but at this point of the season, you pretty much are what you are -- you've had all training camp, then September, October and November to develop your identity. And right now the Patriots aren't a second-half team. That can end up being a huge problem in terms of your season being over early. That being said, I think if the Patriots beat the Saints, they have a chance to eliminate that label and the reason why is this: If you solve a problem like that in a big game, against a great team, it can sometimes flip a switch and you can ride that through toward a successful season."