It’s not unreasonable to call critics of the New England Patriots’ 2012 season unreasonable. A 5-3 record, after all, equates to a .625 winning percentage—good for a 101-win season in Major League Baseball. But football—and the 21st century Patriots franchise in particular—is a different animal, held to a much higher standard.
In order to fulfill their Super Bowl-or-bust expectations, the Pats have some serious work to do during their Week 9 bye.
It's not like we've played great football over these last eight weeks. There is a lot of improvement we need to make. There is a lot of things we can do better. We have to get everybody moving forward and make a big push here in the second half because this is where the best teams really start to show themselves.
The Patriots aspire to count themselves among the top tier of Super Bowl contenders, and they aren’t there yet. Here are a few key adjustments the Pats can make this week if they hope to bring a fourth Lombardi Trophy to New England.