Heading into this game, New England has the most productive offense in the league with 3,053 total yards (436.1 per game) and 217 points (31.0 per game).
Someone who forms his opinion based on statistics will look at those numbers and say the Patriots are conducting business as usual. Tom Brady's having another remarkable season, Wes Welker is furthering his case for the Hall of Fame and the machismo of New England's tight ends is in full effect.
On the other hand, someone who relies more on what he sees will cite the fact that the Patriots haven't had a smooth game since Week 1 against the Titans. The last six games have been defined by slow starts, offensive inactivity, dropped balls, fumbles, penalties, defensive woes in the backfield, lost leads and tight games that should've been snooze-fests.
So, what's it going to be? Numbers or intangibles? You make the call.
One thing is certain: The Patriots must get better, no matter what the numbers insist to be true, no matter what intangibles have prevented them from being more consistent the first seven games. Improvement is crucial.
Here are New England's most and least improved players.