The New England Patriots. The team of the past decade. The owners of three championships. The owners of a perfect regular season. To many the name alone breeds hatred among the ranks of other franchises, in their fans and players alike raw memories of snowy losses and abrupt ends to promising seasons rush back every time they hear their name.
They are the prototype team the Saints organization is trying to follow footstep by footstep. They are the franchise that teams like the Chargers, Colts, Steelers, Rams, Eagles, Panthers, Dolphins, Bills and Jets love to hate. The name alone is a bold statement.
As I view article after article about how the dynasty is dead, or the window has closed for the Brady Bunch and Bill Belichick one thought continues to skip in and out of my mind. "Just because of one playoff loss and a 10-6 record? They think the sky is coming down on us?"
People tend to forget Brady is now two seasons removed from his torn ACL, they forget that the Patriots are the ones who won the AFC east and not the Jets, that despite our "old offense" we ranked third overall in total offense. That despite losing greats to retirement or trade our "young defense" still ranked 11th overall. Patriots Boasted the third toughest schedule in 2009, remember that!
I am going to present throughout this slideshow why I believe the Pats will be true contenders this year and are primed for a comeback ending with my bold prediction.
Truly this is the team the NFL loves to hate.