After a disappointing boot from the playoffs last season, New England Patriots fans have been itching to sneak a peek at how this team has improved. Luckily, this preseason has been quite telling.
As is the case with all preseasons, the Patriots have seen both ups and downs, but for the most part this has been one of the more impressive preseasons we have seen in a while. Let's take a look at three things we have learned so far.
With tremendous pressure, quarterback hits and plenty of sacks, it appears that the Patriots may have finally figured out how to generate a formidable pass rush. Additionally, this team has noticeably transformed from a read-and-react defense to an attack-and-sack defense.
It's been a blast so far watching this defense use an impressive combination of technique and aggression. With top-tier talent such as Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis still yet to play in a game, this defense is poised to be one of the top units in the league.
After throwing for 118 yards, two touchdowns and no INTs in only one half of a game, it appears that Tom Brady hasn't skipped a beat since his 2010 MVP performance.
Tom Brady made it look easy as he sliced through the Bucs secondary last week and delivered perfectly thrown touchdown passes to Aaron Hernandez and Chad Ochocinco.
Despite an eight-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Buccaneers, it appears that Ochocinco is still learning the Patriots' complex offensive system. Tom Brady targeted No. 85 a few times early in the game, resulting in two incompletions.
The goods news is that it is still only the preseason and Ochocinco appears to be working hard at learning the offense and improving his game. If Ochocinco can rise to his expectations, the best offense in the league from a season ago may be even better heading into the 2011 season.