Finding holes in the New England Patriots roster is an obnoxious exercise in annoying minutia. Indeed, how can one find fault with their success?
Collectively, the team is 9-3 and is in a good position to earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
The offense is peaking—it's ranked No. 2 in the league in total offense (424 yards per game) and third in points per game (30.2).
The defense is its good old bendable self, giving up acres of yardage per game (412), yet doing a decent job of keeping the opposition out of the endzone (20.6 points per game)
Individually, the Pats shine in many areas. Tom Brady is having another stellar season, ranking second in both passing yards (3,916) and quarterback rating (105.9)
Rob Gronkowski is having a record-setting year, leading all tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions.
Yet, their success is not without a few caveats. The Patriots have some glaring holes in their roster that may prove fatal come playoff time and prevent them from getting their fourth ring in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era.