New England Patriots Season Preview History
2011 Playoff Preview: New England Patriots
Regular Season Record: 14-2
Seed: 1, AFC
2010 Team Leaders: Passing: Tom Brady (3900 YDS, 5th AFC); Rushing: BenJarvus Green-Ellis (1008 YDS, 10th AFC); Receiving: Wes Welker (848 YDS, 11th AFC)
The New England Patriots are on a roll, and that’s putting it lightly. The Pats have had a scarily efficient year (robotic-like, even) where they only turned the ball over 10 times – and that includes a Hail Mary at the end of a half and an interception thrown by their back-up on the last day of the season. They also were the only undefeated team at home and tight end Rob Gronkowski set the record for TDs by a rookie with 10 scores. Their defense might be a little suspect – the opposite of that turnover record is that they tied the record for fewest interceptions – but if Tom Brady and the offense can continue their record-setting year, New England will be hard to bring down.
2011 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PREVIEW:
The New England Patriots cruised to a 14-2 regular season record last year, but were upended in their first playoff game by the rival New York Jets. This year, the Patriots are poised to be just as good and have added a few pieces that may spell a return to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots offense will once again be among the best in the league. With Tom Brady under center, they have one of the steadiest leaders in the NFL, and he has plenty of dangerous targets. In addition to Wes Welker and Deion Branch, the Patriots now have Chad Ochocinco lining up at receiver, and he appears ready to play for a contender. At running back, BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the go-to guy but rookie Shane Vereen could see time.
The defense will likely be even better than last year as well. Up front, the Patriots have two of the most fearsome linemen in the league with Vince Wilfork and the newly acquired Albert Haynesworth. Jerod Mayo emerged as a top notch linebacker a season ago, and if defensive backs Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung step up it should be a solid unit.
2010 New England Patriots Football Preview:
After a legendary run through the NFL between 2001 and 2005, the New England Patriots have been unable to return to that level of success. After an early exit from the playoffs last year, fans of the Patriots will be eager for the team to take the next step, but with an upstart Jets team in the same division it may be difficult for them to make a run.
One year after a torn ACL sidelined him for the entire regular season, Tom Brady returned in 2009 with a solid year, but a mid-season injury to Wes Welker limited his options down the stretch. After an accelerated rehab, Welker should be back for the start of this year and, along with Randy Moss, will provide Brady with a solid receiving corps. The running game will have to improve on 2009, however, and Laurence Maroney will be shouldering much of the duty.
Defensively, the Patriots finished in the middle of the league against both the pass and the run last year, but they will need to improve on their pass rush. A recent injury to defensive end Ty Warren will hinder their ability to improve, as Vince Wilfork and Mike Wright will have to step up. The secondary is young but improving, highlighted especially by the second-year man out of the UConn, Darius Butler.
2009 New England Patriots Football Preview:
The New England Patriots will enter 2009 looking to put the past behind them. Bill Belichick's team looked to be dead in the water early in 2008, but then rebounded to barely miss the playoffs. The key for the 2009 will be the return of future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady. If Brady is completely recovered from the knee injury he suffered in '08, then the Patriots could well be the favorites to return to the Super Bowl. Brady will be surrounded by weapons on offense, including the dynamic duo at receiver of Randy Moss and Wes Walker. The Pats also picked up veteran running back Fred Taylor, who is the type of player that seems to thrive in New England's team environment. Fans in Boston will be holding their breath until they see how Brady's knee holds up in a live game. But if Tom is healthy, the Pats fans might be making a trip to South Florida in early 2010.
2008 New England Patriots Football Preview:
The New England Patriots may actually be the best football of all time. That's right! The New England Patriots have put together one of the best teams on offense and defense and have started this season by dominating the league. The play of quarterback Tom Brady and his wide receiver core, along with the veteran leadership of the defense behind Teddy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel has been a perfect combination for the New England Patriots to roll past most of the other teams in the league. A game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough this season is perhaps the toughest ticket in pro sports, and is one of the greatest shows on earth!