The New England Patriots are always one of the most statistically dominant teams in the NFL—especially on offense—but this year, with turnover at both the wide receiver and tight end positions, it's tough to know who's going to be catching the bulk of Tom Brady's passes.
In the offensive backfield, Stevan Ridley will be looking to build upon his 1,200-yard sophomore season, while Shane Vereen will be elevated to become the Patriots primary passing-down weapon. Both players looked outstanding through the preseason—except of course during the Lions game, which we're not counting.
Defensively, the Patriots always seem to be near the top of the NFL in forcing turnovers, while also giving up a lot of yards and hovering below the league average in sacks. The result has often been a high number of tackles for the secondary.
The complexion of the Pats didn't change much from 2007 to 2012, but will this year be more of the same, or will the turnover on offense and continuity on defense force both units to regress toward the mean?
Here's our player-by-player stat predictions for what will unfold for the Pats in 2013.