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Bill Belichick and Tom Brady telling the truth about underinflated footballs? Depends on whom you ask.
Shortly after Bill Belichick and Tom Brady denied any knowledge of the New England Patriots' underinflated footballs from the AFC Championship Game, we asked SportsNation: Do you believe the coach and the quarterback?
The early response:
However, this poll was placed primarily on ESPNBoston.com, meaning only a few cynics from Nebraska could overcome the wave of support from the Patriots' national following.
When the poll went wide, though? Things changed everywhere ... except one certain region of the country.
Haven't voted yet? Now's your chance -- no matter where you are.
End of Patriots' success?
Since 2001, the New England Patriots have been a portrait of consistent success. Just one season with fewer than 10 wins. Just two seasons outside the playoffs. Five Super Bowl trips. Three Super Bowl wins (albeit none since 2004). So when said team falls behind 41-7 to a Kansas City Chiefs squad that three weeks earlier lost 26-10 to the Tennessee Titans ... one tends to notice. Bill Belichick's and Tom Brady's squad hasn't quite been the same since losing the Super Bowl in the 2011 season, but could Monday's 41-14 loss be the tipping point?
Thoughts on NFL's opening week?
The NFL is back! On the first Sunday, some teams (San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos) won as expected, others (New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots) suffered surprising defeats, and a few more (Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs) were downright demoralized. On Monday, the Detroit Lions grabbed the headlines by routing the New York Giants. What's your take on some of the major questions from Week 1 action?
Your 2014 NFL predictions?
The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!