2014 Bold Predictions: Patriots Will Have A Top Five Offense, And Top Five Defense

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January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This is an incredibly boring time on the NFL calender, as minicamp has just come to a conclusion, but we are still a few weeks away from training camp starting up.

To pass the time, it is always fun to dream up wild ideas for the upcoming season, none more entertaining than making a few bold predictions for the Patriots. Bold predictions aren’t necessarily supposed to be based totally on fact, and more often than not, they end up making me look utterly ridiculous.

But that’s all part of the fun. Enjoy. (This is part one of two)

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  • Robert Snell

    I’ve been saying the same thing this team has the makings of Top 5 offense and Defense if not top 3 in both.. I also believe this will be Gronks healthiest year where we will have him healthy throughout the playoffs… And I believe if healthy Amendola could have more receiving yards then Edelman I believe would have more catches but in all honest I think Amendola is the better route runner and quicker off the snap but I also think Edelman is better after the catch because he’s a better open field runner as he showed last year and during punt returners years pior and I think Amendola might the better slot guy but Edelman I believe is the better all around player and receiver

    • Cyrus Geller

      Overall, because of the punt returner, I think Edelman may be a bit better. But people really don’t appreciate the talent of Amendola. When he is healthy, he is extremely hard to check, one on one. I think we are in for a big year from him, if he manages to stay healthy.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    It’s better having Gronk for the play offs than week 1, the Pats survived without him someway but it’s clear that the offense is not up to task when it counts the most.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Pats need him in the postseason if they want another SB. No way they get there without him.

  • trinity

    I don’t anticipate a top 5 defense, but a top 5 offense is possible IF gronk plays the whole season. only if he does. Top 10 or 15 defense is more realistic than top 5 in my opinion.

    • Cyrus Geller

      When healthy, I honestly can’t name five better defenses in the league than this bunch. Obviously it is just looking at them from a “paper” perspective, but I think they will translate well to the field.

  • Ben Sullivan

    Unfortunately, I think the top-5 defense is the only realistic scenario. I’m not going to bet on guys with the track records of Gronk and Amendola to stay healthy, and without them the offense can’t be top-5. If they do stay on the field though, the sky is the limit for this team.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I agree, the health of those two is key for the offense to flourish, but I am hopeful that they will. Could be wishful thinking, though.