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Patriots have schedule on their side

At midpoint, the numbers are troubling, but there's opportunity for improvement

Updated: November 11, 2011, 4:21 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | Special to ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots stumbled into the midpoint of the season with consecutive losses. On Sunday against the New York Jets, they look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002. With half the season in the books, several statistical storylines warrant attention in the next eight games.

An easy path

The road ahead favors the Patriots, at least from the perspective of scheduling. Having stumbled to a rare two-game losing streak, New England has the advantage ...

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