FINALLY, What has to be the worst offseason ever is over, if I never have to hear about ball air pressure again it will be too soon. It may be considered too early to be making predictions, at the time of writing this it is the fourth day of training camp, despite this, I have a good idea of how I think our season will go.
Firstly, I want to start with team MVP, this is an obvious one but I will say it anyway, Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is one of (if not) the best Tight Ends in the league. His numbers are amazing, he is a matchup nightmare and he can block! People are constantly saying "If Gronk is healthy" or "Can Gronk stay healthy". I firmly believe that Gronk will stay healthy and most likely experience no serious injuries for the rest of career. The reason I think this is due to the fact that none of Gronk's injuries have been related. I expect Gronk to put up similar numbers to that of last year making him MVP and vital to the Patriot's success.
Secondly, is the unsung-hero of the season, this is someone who puts in great performances week-in-week out but doesn't get a lot of praise for it. One name immediately jumps to mind for this, Rob Ninkovic. Ninkovic puts in 110% every week and rarely puts a foot wrong, his interception against Denver last season was in my opinion the turning point of the game. Although Ninkovic is slow when it comes to chasing down scrambling QBs, his intellect and ability to put pressure on the Quarterback will be very important in what I can only assume will be a rush-heavy New England defense.
Now for our record, without Tom Brady, I think that we will go 10-6 losing two of the first four games to Pittsburgh and Dallas. I have high hopes for Garoppolo,and even though I think we will lose two games, it won't be by much. With Tom Brady I see us going 12-4 as well as being AFC Champions. I have faith in the defense since, from the looks of things, we're focusing more on pass rushing, it isn't that much of a problem that we are weak in the secondary.
By Dryden DeMarco @dryden74