Is anyone going to be able to beat the Patriots this year?
Tom Brady seems to score every time he touches the ball. He has a ridiculous amount of targets in Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and to a lesser extent Chad Ochocinco. God help everyone if they start throwing to Dan Gronkowski too. Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis continue to be productive in the run game.
Now that I've fawned over the Patriots enough, let's point out one glaring deficiency.
That defense has some major holes. The Pats continue to have a problem generating a pass rush despite their shift from a 3-4 base to a 4-3 front. Vince Wilfork and his immense body and talent cover up a lot of blemishes.
The Pats were able to neutralize the incredibly gifted Antonio Gates by covering him all day with Patrick Chung. That part worked brilliantly but they let Vincent Jackson have a monster day. Despite all that, the Pats defense does seem to be good when it counts—against the Chargers and the Dolphins. What happens when they face extremely mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger?
Regardless of this Achilles heel, Tom Terrific will keep them in every single game. It won't be surprising if the Pats still go 14-2 despite their defense.