I asked this simple question months ago when the Wes Welker fiasco was transpiring.
Are the New England Patriots better now than they were when they were embarrassed again by the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in January?
Offensively, are they better? Nope. In fact, they are worse. They have lost their two starting receivers – one an All-Pro in Wes Welker – and replaced them with a journeyman in Donald Jones and a porcelain replica of Welker in Danny Amendola.
Tom Brady is a year older. Rob Gronkowski’s forearm is still an issue with infection latching on to the surgical metal plate. And Aaron Hernandez remains as fragile as any.
Defensively, are they better? Well, on the positive side, they’re not any worse.
Aqib Talib re-upped for his part-time job in the secondary. Alfonzo Dennard got a slap on the wrist, a suspended slap on the wrist, from the Nebraska court system. And we won’t have Pat Chung to kick around in these parts any more.
They have held serve on defense anyways.
With all this said, the Pats 2013 schedule was announced last night. And with minutes to survey and study, I can confidently say your club will indeed defend its AFC East title. Unfortunately, I still see a decline. Luckily for New England, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills are so atrocious, that New England can and will go 10-6, but take home the top spot in the division with ease.
Here’s a look at how the season will go down.
Sept. 8, at Buffalo
Kevin Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson top this team’s depth chart at QB. You think Bill Belichick can sleep at night pondering his fate in the opener? Pats 51, Buffalo 6 (and it’s not that close).
Sept. 12, host NY Jets
By now, Darrelle Revis has moved on, never again to be associated with this chump organization. Maybe Rex will play Tebow at corner. Your team is now 2-0, Pats fans. NE 37, David Garrard-led Jets 6