2014 New England Patriots Season Preview
It was another solid season for the New England Patriots, going 12-4 to win the AFC East. The Pats were able to beat the red-hot Colts in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs before losing to the Colts in Denver. The Patriots added Will Smith, Darrelle Revis and James Anderson to the defense through free agency, as well as DT Dominique Easley in the draft. On offense, the Pats drafted Brandon LaFell in the first round to add to the wide receiving corps. They did lose LaGarrette Blount, but have a running back-by-committee that should be able to handle the workload. The Pats might have the best defense in the AFC this season, but the offense will need to improve from last season, and that will start with Tom Brady who actually had career lows in several categories. The season kicks off with two road games in Miami and Minnesota before coming home to Foxborough for a Week 3 home contest against the Raiders. There will also be crucial home games against the Bengals, Bears, Broncos and Dolphins this season. The Pats will have some hard away games as well, including contests with the Chiefs, Colts and Packers.
2013 New England Patriots Season Preview
The Patriots' offensive attack will look very different in 2013, but with Tom Brady under center New England shouldn't miss a beat. Three of the Patriots' top four receivers from 2012—Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd—have moved on, and the fourth, Rob Gronkowski, has been recuperating from offseason surgery. To replace the departed receivers, the Patriots inked former St. Louis Ram Danny Amendola and selected Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round of the NFL Draft. To compliment Brady's passing game, New England will lean more heavily on third-year running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vareen, both of whom showed significant promise last season. With big names on defense and the Brady-Belichick connection on offense, the Patriots should continue to be one of the best teams in the NFL this season.
2011 New England Patriots Season 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 Season 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 Season 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 Season 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!