New England Patriots: How They Can Contend for the Super Bowl Next Season

Akash ACorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:  Vince Wilfork  #75 of the New England Patriots  chats on the side line during preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

After the New England Patriots' extremely disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, it is easy to react to the game with a feeling of nothingness and to think that New England needs a complete overhaul.

First, let's put this game into perspective. The Pats are the best team this decade and are the first dynasty of this new millennium. They played a bad game, and this one loss does not characterize the Patriots' dynasties.

I’m not going to spend time discussing the game, because in all honesty, there really isn’t much to discuss.

Tom Brady played a terrible game, the wide receivers played a bad game, the defense was laid out to dry, constantly trying to stop the Ravens from their own 30-yard line, and the special teams were sporadically good (some good returns, but awful coverage).

That pretty much sums it up.

Brady couldn’t make a pass, and you have to wonder how much of his performance was injury related, as he was throwing ducks throughout the game and was unable to zip the ball with a tight spiral consistently. If he did have a broken index finger, it would certainly play a role in his throws.

Randy Moss didn’t have a great game, but he did have a few catches for first downs, and he, too, was apparently banged up (knees and back).

I am not going to sit here and make excuses for New England. They came out flat, and trying to look for a single play that sums up the game would be difficult, because there were so many (key word here) bad plays by the Pats.

So, after a truly pathetic game, what are some keys that the Patriots need to fix going into next season to go back and contend for the Super Bowl?

In my opinion, these are the key areas the Pats need to focus on: [Read Full Story at New England Sports Online...]