Looking Back, Moving Forward
You may want to take note that in the preseason I predicted a 12-4 record for the New England Patriots and they would be 6-2 at both home and on the road, 9-3 in the AFC, 5-1 in the AFC East and 3-1 against the NFC.
They actually finished 12-4, 6-2 at both home and on the road, 11-1 vs. the AFC, 6-0 in the division and 1-3 against the NFC. But that’s were my good predictions ended as I had them as a Wild Card, the fifth seed, because I had Buffalo winning the division AND going to the Super Bowl. Silly me.
But predictions aside overall it was once again a very successful regular season for the Patriots. There were some ups (the routs of the Jets, Rams and the Colts stand out) and there were some downs (last drive losses to the Cardinals, Seahawks and Ravens).
And that’s how the defense played all year too. They started up with good games against Tennessee and Arizona and then they went down and had poor efforts in Seattle, in Jackso...