For the last month or so, at least.
Sure, Sunday's ugly defeat to the Steelers was just the Patriots' second loss of the season, but the timing of the loss paired with the victor being the hated Ben Roethlisberger has made Bostonians' case of the Mondays that much worse. The defense can't seem to stop a cold and the offense hasn't been able to eclipse the 30-point plateau since beating the Jets 30-21 in Week 5, thanks to a 20-point second half.
On the ice, things aren't much better as back-to-back losses to the Canadiens last week didn't help the last-place Bruins. The Black and Gold have plenty of time to bounce back, but as the Red Sox proved this past summer, an early-season struggle can really bite you in the rear come season's end.
Speaking of the Sox, the club is expected to make some changes around Yawkey Way this offseason and now that the World Series is over, Red Sox Nation can begin to whine, debate and gossip around the hot stove. After September's collapse, the manager-less Sox have a lot of cleaning to do, but will they be able to turn things around for 2012?