You know, a .500 record in September isn’t that bad, people.
When we predicted a slow 2-2 start by the Patriots in our preseason column, we were met with, shall we say, resistance (link here).
New England has had some misfortune. The Aaron Hernandez injury forced them into a different offensive mindset, and other players struggled to take up the slack. The defense displayed lapses similar to 2011 (for whatever reason, it seems rare that defenders look back at the ball). Special teams failed to live up to their adjective.
The good news? This young New England team should only improve as we head into the second quarter of the season. Judging by their 45-0 second half at Buffalo, the Pats have tapped into the potential to do some damage.
So, relax, think positive thoughts, and check out our first quarter review/second quarter preview.
Game One Prediction: NE 23, TEN 20
Actual Result: NE 34, TEN 13
We figure the visitors will get off to a slow start, but New England shines in all phases...