Things don't always go exactly as expected.
That has been the common theme for the New England Patriots this season. Just when you thought there had been a changing of the guard, and the defense was going to carry the team through the season, one injury after another changed the plan. Just when it seemed like the offense had found it's groove, one key injury alone shook the offense to its core.
It's become a tradition to make some predictions before each season, and with the regular season in the rearview mirror, now seems like a good time to revisit those predictions and see whether I was right or wrong on my idea of what the Patriots would look like this season.
So, here's a look back, with thoughts on how things transpired.