It's not too often that you can take an offense coming off of a 513-point season and anticipate improvement. But in New England this year, that's exactly the case.
The New England Patriots lit up the AFC last year, scoring a conference-best 513 points. It was actually a dip from the previous season, when New England scored 518, but there's a good chance the trend will go the other way in 2012.
New England has Tom Brady back to serve as the maestro of the attack, it has the lethal tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez returning and it has a multifaceted running back corps to provide some versatility to the offense.
The Patriots stayed strong in those areas while improving in another. The receiver corps was lacking last season—as no third receiver developed behind Wes Welker and Deion Branch—but those problems should be long gone in 2012.
Brandon Lloyd is on board to give the Patriots a deep threat, and a cast including Branch, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth will compete for that third spot.
Suffice it to say, the Patriots should be dangerous this fall. The question is, how dangerous?