***Official Bit of Prognostication Before I Go Get Liquored Up***Edge - conservatively, 150 yfs/ 2 TDThere's no more ego-driven player on the planet. He's got the following things converging tonight:1 - A bad taste in his mouth from the close-but-no-cigar end of last season. 2 - A knee that finally seems to work close enough to the way his old one did to make him a legit threat again.3 - An exclusive stage, with no other games on the schedule, on opening night, on nat'l TV.4 - A Belichick team on the other side that traditionally doesn't come out of the gate fast.5 - A chance to make a statement about his health, about his contract, and his about his team, against the champs, and with 1-4 in his favor.Whether he has more to play for than anybody else out there is up for debate. But I'm betting HE thinks he does. And unlike most everyone else on the field, being a feature RB he's in position to showcase that, as if he succeeds one play at a time, he'll be fed the ball more and more and more. Ego meets opportunity meets circumstance and turns this into a great performance.