The New England Patriots are attempting to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, something that has been done only eight times in NFL history. It's only been done once since the turn of the century and the Patriots were the team that did it then. The NFL is a parity-driven league, so repeating is no small task. However, here are five reasons why the New England Patriots will repeat as Super Bowl champions this season.
Underrated Offensive Line
The Patriots don't have any All-Pro offensive lineman, but they have a solid group of starters. The tackles, Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer, best at run blocking and serviceable in pass protection. Center Bryan Stork played well once he was made a starter and should be even better this year. The guards got a boost in the draft, as the Patriots added Tre Jackson from Florida State and Shaq Mason from Georgia Tech. The offensive line will be more than enough for Tom Brady and the running game.
Balanced Offensive Attack
Brady's ability to air out has been well documented. New England's running game was strong last year and should be again this season. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are gone, but the Patriots will be just fine. LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray bring size and Belichick will likely use them both. James White is a former fourth round pick who could surprise people. Travaris Cadet could help replace Shane Vereen in the passing game, as could Brandon Bolden.
Solid Front Seven
The Patriots lost plenty in the secondary, but the front seven will help hide any shortcomings. Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich will get some help at end with the newly signed Jabaal Sheard. Vince Wolfork is gone, but there is depth at defensive tackle with Alan Branch, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga and first round picks Dominique Easley and Malcom Brown. The Patriots have three stud linebackers in Jamie Collins, Jared Mayo and Dont'a Hightower.
An Angry Tom Brady
After dealing with "Deflategate" for months, Brady will be happy to get back to actually playing football. Even if he misses the first four games, he'll come out angry and ready to play. There's no better way for Brady to get revenge against the league than to guide New England to a Super Bowl.
He's the best coach in the game. He's a tactical genius and a brilliant motivator. Even if you hate him, you have to respect him. As long as Belichick is in New England, they'll be competing for Super Bowls.Back to the New England Patriots Newsfeed