Patriots & Albert Haynesworth

Award-winning columnist/author Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports was present for Saturday's preseason game between the Lions and Patriots, and one of his take-aways from the action is that Bill Belichick's team might need defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth as much as Haynesworth needs the Patriots.

"The resurrection of Albert Haynesworth may no longer be a luxury for New England," Wetzel writes. "What once looked like a player needing a franchise to salvage his career may turn out to be about a franchise needing a player to keep it pointed in the right direction.

"As the Detroit Lions ran right through and passed right over the New England defensive line here Saturday, en route to a thorough 34-10 preseason victory, the presence of Big Albert loomed.

"Belichick took a flyer on Haynesworth in an effort to add a spark to a weak-link New England pass rush and help shore up a defense that needed it.

"If anything, the Lions showed the problem is more glaring than first thought."

To read Wetzel's piece, click here.