The New England Patriots are perfect on paper with a 2-0 record. And yet both victories offered uncomfortable glimpses into the heart and soul of a sloppy, disgruntled offense struggling to connect. In the end, they made just enough plays to squeak by the Bills and the Jets, yet plenty of problems linger for quarterback Tom Brady and his chess pieces.
Patriot Nation, though normally unified, has splintered into two distinct groups.
The first group maintains a positive outlook for New England's chances in 2013. They believe two wins is two wins, no matter how ugly the style. They're of a mindset that two games within a five-day span in September hardly paints a portrait of what this offense will look like in November. And with so many rookies in the mix, they believe patience will eventually become a Super Bowl-caliber virtue.
The second group has more of a doomed view. They'll take the wins in a tangible sense, but they count the wins as losses from an emotional standpoint. And with regards to receiver Danny Amendola being sidelined for a few weeks (via ESPNBoston.com) and tight end Rob Gronkowski still rehabbing, they view this chronically shorthanded and injured offense with a "you get what you pay for" mentality.
Which group do you belong to?
While you chew on that, here are stat predictions for each of New England's offensive players heading into Week 3's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.