The New England Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since 2004, which seems weird. It's odd that the Pats, who have essentially dominated regular season play since 2004 (going a combined 73-23), have been unable to put it together during postseason play—especially with Tom Brady running the offense.
What has plagued the Patriots these past few seasons has been the defense, although it hasn't been as bad as people think. New England's opponents scored just 313 points this past season, the eighth-best mark in the league.
But I suppose with the top-ranked offense in the league, the ESPN talking heads need to find something to nitpick.
With ESPN reporting that the lockout could be over sometime next week, it's time to start thinking about an actual season (I can't say the same for the NBA, unfortunately).
As usual, the talking heads will cite the same weaknesses as reasons why the Pats can't go all the way. And, as usual, the Patriots will dominate regular-season play.
Whether or not they can bring it home for the first time in nearly a decade remains to be seen.