With the New England Patriots in the midst of OTAs, it is finally time to start thinking about actual football games, not just building a roster. Pads will be put on, plays will be called, players will collide, tackles will be made and touchdowns scored.
The Patriots need big performances from each phase of the game if they want to overcome the Denver Broncos and the rest of the AFC. Reaching the AFC Championship Game won't cut it; Super Bowl is the word in New England.
Here are my early—and somewhat bold—predictions for the five players (offensive, defensive, special teams, rookie and MVP) who will win awards for New England this season.