ESPN's Scouts Inc. breaks down the NFL and predicts the order of finish in each division (Insider content). In the AFC East, the Patriots are the pick at the top with a 12-4 record. A total of 12 was the pick in April as well.
As part of the breakdown, Scouts. Inc looks at four key facets of the game -- pass offense, pass defense, rush offense and rush defense. The pass offense section, for example, highlights the usage of multiple tight ends.
"Last year the Pats made a radical switch from a multi-WR, spread offense to a two-TE system with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Using a variety of personnel packages, motion and short passes, the Patriots are a matchup nightmare for base defenses."
That is true, although as we saw Saturday night in Detroit, a team with a strong pass rush and the ability to generate pressure with just four can derail that attack.
Using the Scouts Inc., piece as a springboard, how many games do you think the Patriots will win this season? Vote in the accompanying poll and/or share thoughts in the comments section of this blog entry.