Even without Brady, Pats-Colts ranks as the best modern rivalry

Three of the five best rivalries in the NFL today renew this weekend, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: September 11, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury not only changes the effectiveness of the New England Patriots' offense but also affects two of the league's four best rivalries. The Patriots' offense without Brady might not be as tantalizing, but rivalries go beyond one player.

The AFC East showdown Sunday between the Patriots and the New York Jets will be the first test. The combination of Brady and coach Bill Belichick resulted in three Super Bowl titles, multiple division titles and, in 2007, ...

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