New England Patriots (5-2)
What they’ve done well: Instead of dropping to mediocrity after losing to the Jets and Broncos, the Pats laid a 59-0 whipping on the Titans and followed that with a 35-7 win over Tampa Bay. Even if Tom Brady isn't fully healthy, this team remains explosive. Shutting down Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker remains a near-impossible task. The Pats are No. 1 in the league in time of possession (34:22) and No. 3 in yards per game (406.0).
Needs improvement: If it seems easy for opposing quarterbacks sit in the pocket, survey the field and find open receivers against the Patriots, that’s because it is. New England ranks 26th in quarterback sacks, with just 13. Trading Richard Seymour to the Raiders before the start of the season has cost them significantly. The Pats are ordinary at run defense, allowing 109.4 yards per game, 15th in the league.http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sport ... 32172.html