When the Patriots are operating correctly, they're as close to a machine as there is in the league. They roll out a plethora of options at the tight end and wide receiver spots that are all dangerous, either because of their talent or their chemistry with Brady. Or both.
It's a cast that (when healthy) any quarterback would dream of having. At receiver, there's Wes Welker, the best slot in the game, and Deion Branch, whose shared mind with Brady makes him a deadly presence on timing routes and third-down completions. There's shifty Danny Woodhead out of the backfield, who's a weapon on screens and passes in the flat.
But the best options may be the tight ends. Rob Gronkowski is a menace with outstanding size and terrific hands, while Aaron Hernandez runs and catches like a wideout despite lining up beside the tackle.
Sometimes Chad Ochocinco shows up to participate. And sometimes he doesn't.
It's a group that consistently keeps defenses guessing as to whom Brady is targeting and a group that is able to spread defenses and coverages out and draw mismatches. As a result, Brady almost always has an open receiver to go to.
It's an offense that perfectly suits Brady's strength, as opposed to the 2009 offense, which relied on him to force the ball over and over again to only two options. Brady has always been at his best when he is analyzing the coverage beforehand and finding the open receiver. In this offense, there's always a good option available. Brady just has to locate it, and no one's better at doing so than he is.
With so many receivers with such a variety of talents, Brady often has little trouble making the plays to extend drives. When it's rolling, this offense can be near impossible to stop, which equals statistical heaven for a quarterback.