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Pres: Jonathan Kraft
HC: Bill Belichick
2011: 13-3 (1st AFC East)
2011 Quick Stats
Offence Defence
Pts
32.1
(3rd)
Yds
428.0
(2nd)
Pass Yds
317.8
(2nd)
Rush Yds
110.3
(20th)
»Full Team Stats



Last Season

After cruising through the regular season and playoffs, the Patriots had a chance to exact some revenge in the Super Bowl with a rematch against the New York Giants, the team that beat them four years earlier.

New England however, would once again fall short against Eli Manning and the G-Men.

Who's In/Who's Out

Important Additions: CB Will Allen, LB Bobby Carpenter, DE Jonathan Fanene, TE Daniel Fells, FB Tony Fiammetta, FB Spencer Larsen, WR Brandon Lloyd

Important Losses: DE Mark Anderson, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, LB Gary Guyton, OT Matt Light, DT Gerard Warren, WR Donte' Stallworth, WR Deion Branch, QB Brian Hoyer, WR Chad Johnson

Drafted

Pick Player Pos Ht Wt College  
1 (21) Chandler Jones DT 6'5 295 Cincinnati LB Dont'a Hightower
Analysis: Jones drew some draft-day comparisons to Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and while the rookie won't have the impact of JPP, reports suggest he has looked strong in pre-season.
1 (25) Dont'a Hightower LB 6'2 265 Alabama
2 (48) Tavon Wilson FS 6'0 205 Illinois
Analysis: Wilson received lots of reps in the pre-season and has flashed signs of promise. Wilson is primed to contribute on both defence and special teams.
3 (90) Jake Bequette DE 6'5 274 Arkansas
6 (197) Nate Ebner DB 6'0 210 Ohio State
7 (224) Alfonzo Dennard CB 5'10 204 Nebraska
7 (235) Jeremy Ebert WR 5'11 200 Northwestern
» Complete NFL Draft Results

Season Outlook

Reasons to Believe
1. Embarrassment Of Riches – Tom Brady can choose from four different receivers that can do significant damage in the pass game. Joining standouts Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, and Aaron Hernandez is Brandon Lloyd. After a down year catching balls from Kyle Orton and an injured Sam Bradford, Lloyd must be licking his chops at the prospect of playing with Brady.

More Big Numbers?
Tom Brady threw for the second most passing yards in a single season ever last year and his receiving corps looks even better this season.

2. Useful Picks – Bill Belichick and company have become famous for making adept draft day trades to acquire multiple picks, only to trade those picks away for the future. Well, this year they actually used their accumulated picks, taking two players in the first round (Jones and LB Don't'a Hightower) and four in the top three rounds.

3. Strength Of Schedule – With the amount of turnover from year to year, the impact of this could be diminished, but it's worth noting the Patriots have the easiest strength of schedule in the league, an oddity for a team that finished first in their division. Buffalo's opponents had five more wins in 2011 while the Jets and Dolphins opponents had 10 and 11 more respectively.

Reasons to Doubt
1. Rush To Ridley – Last year's top RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis wasn't flashy, but he was dependable. Now that he's in Cincy, the job falls to Steven Ridley. Ridley showed flashes last year in spot duty, but it's a different beast when defences know you're the guy to key on.

2. Offensive Line – A couple retirements hurt the Patriots O-line ahead of the season, while some pre-season injuries have delayed the unit from gelling. The Pats lost Matt Light, Robert Gallery, and (probably) Brian Waters to retirement. Meanwhile, Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer suffered through early injuries and will need to stay healthy as leaders on the line.

3. Secondary – New England's defensive backs are another group that enters the season with some question marks. The unit made some plays last year – most notably Sterling Moore's breakup of a pass to then Ravens WR Lee Evans that clinched the Conference Championship – but those that follow the team argue this is the weakest unit.

What to Expect
Buffalo is everyone's pre-season sweetheart, but the AFC East still belongs to the Patriots. New England made the Super Bowl last year and that will be their goal again this year. Unless opponents can figure out a way to stop Brady and all his weapons, New England will always have a chance to win. The Pats are in a small group of AFC teams entering the year as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.


Fantasy


Get ready for the season with the latest from TSN.ca.
Players: QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K
Fantasy Schedules: AFC | NFC
2012 Auction Values: Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Depth Charts: Offence


Team Schedule
Week Date vs Week Date vs
1 Sep 9 10 Nov 11
2
Sep 16 11 Nov 18
3 Sep 23 12 Nov 22
4 Sep 30 13 Dec 2
5 Oct 7 14 Dec 10
6 Oct 14 15 Dec 16
7 Oct 21 16 Dec 23
8 Oct 28 17 Dec 30
Bye Week: 9
» Full NFL Schedule



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