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Two notes on Brady as we wait for kickoff

* Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to make history tonight in South Florida on Monday Night Football. He needs only 4 completions to record 3,000 for his career, becoming the 15th player in NFL history to reach that plateau. In addition, Brady has not thrown an INT in a record 335 consecutive regular season attempts.

* If you haven't read it yet, check out this Jackie MacMullan column examining Brady's mortality. Here's a quick excerpt:

Seven years without a title is hardly catastrophic, but when your quarterback is viewed as the best -- or among the best -- in the game by virtually every expert, at some point you have to deal with the facts: Tom Brady won't be around forever, and before you know it, he will be on the back end of his remarkable career.

So, as the Patriots approach another season with a new assortment of faces and the usual assortment of startling roster cuts, we ask the same redoubtable question: Does this team have enough weapons to maximize the talents of its Hall of Fame quarterback?