This guest post was made by the SeatCrunch team.
We’ve come to expect impressive things from the New England Patriots. Every year we wonder “Will Tom Brady throw for 50 TD’s again?” “Will the Patriots go undefeated?” The offense that the Patriots have going under Tom Brady is superb and for all intents and purposes…unstoppable. When the Patriotshave an off night, they can be stopped.
The Patriots don’t have many off nights.
Tom Brady is coming off a 39 TD, 12 INT, 5,235 yard season. The other QB’s in the AFC East?
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 24:23, 3832 yards
Mark Sanchez: 26:18 , 3474 yards
Matt Moore: 16:9, 2497 yards
The QB’s in this division are far from elite. Tom Brady on the other hand is a future hall of famer who has yet to have a truly questionable season. Last year he racked up the majority of his number by tossing to his slot receiver Wes Welker, and his tight end Rob Gronkowski. Welker and Gronkowski went for a combined 2896 yards and 26 TDs in 2011. This year the Patriots add a new face to the mix; star receiver Brandon Lloyd.
Lloyd went for nearly 1,000 yards playing only 11 games for the lowly Rams. In his best year, he went for 1,448 yards and 11 TD’s in Denver. Adding Lloyd to the roster gives Brady something he hasn’t had since Jerry Rice – A legitimate outside receiver. This expands what was already an extremely potent passing game. The only team in the Pats’ division with any kind of pass defense is the Jets, who got torched by Brady in both of their meetings last year.
Last year this was a team that could not be stopped. This year they look like they’ll only be better. The Patriots are not just the best team in their division, they’re poised to return to, and even win the Super Bowl.