5 Things We Know About The Patriots After 8 Games

The New England Patriots are 8-0, with a chance to add another win this week against the New York Giants. Before that game kicks off, it's time to recap what we know about New England. Here are 5 Things We Know About The New England Patriots Through 8 Games:

5. No One Can Cover Gronk

Perhaps we already knew or at least suspected this, but no one in the NFL can cover Rob Gronkowski. He's in the midst of a great season and already has 693 yards and seven TDs. He's a threat to make a play every time he touches the ball and he's clearly the best TE in the NFL. 

4. Patriots' Secondary Is Better Than Thought

If there was a weakness for New England, many pointed to their secondary. The Patriots lost several key pieces, and there were concerns the back four would have issues. That hasn't been the case, as the Patriots actually have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. They are allowing just 240 yards per game, good enough for ninth in the NFL. The secondary's strong play is a big reason why New England is fifth in scoring defense. 

3. Super Bowl Or Bust

As is often the case, it's Super Bowl or Bust for the Patriots. The Pats are undefeated and seem like locks for the playoffs. But the playoffs won't be enough for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady or a fan base that has grown accustomed to championships. It the Patriots don't win back-to-back Super Bowls, everyone involved will feel a bit disappointed. That's not to say the season is a failure, but a Super Bowl is the goal. 

2. Tom Brady Is The MVP Front-Runner

This really shouldn't be a surprised. Brady is the clear No. 1 contender for the MVP, as he's destroyed opponents this season. He's completed 68.6 percent of his passes, with 2,709 yards, 22 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Heck, he even has two rushing TDs. If the Patriots keep winning and Brady keeps killing opponents, he'll take home the MVP. 

1. Deflategate Was A Joke

New England fans already knew this, but Brady's start to the season proves that Delfategate was nothing but an NFL witch-hunt. Clearly the air pressure in footballs has no impact on Brady's play, as he's torched every defense he's faced. Brady didn't deserve to be suspended and it's a good thing the courts ruled properly. Now all that's left is getting back the first rounder the NFL stole. 

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