New England Patriots
Of the six teams, New England remains the furthest from completing a perfect season. On the bye this week, the 3-0 Patriots have appeared as the most dominant team in the NFL thus far. After shaking off some rust in their home opening win over the Steelers, the offense hung 40 points on the stingy Buffalo Bills defense, and then dropped 51 on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The offense looks unstoppable, despite the fact that Brady hasn’t had to throw the ball more than eight yards down the field. The attention Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski attract has led to the impossible – they have made Danny Amendola, Keshawn Martin and a bunch of other guys you’ve never heard of look like legitimate receiving threats.
As good as the offense has been, the defense still remains a bit of a question mark. Employing the “bend, but don’t break” strategy, the Patriots have given up at least 290 yards in all three games.
It’s not difficult to see similarities between this New England team and their 2007 squad, but games on the road against Indianapolis, Denver and both New York franchises makes another perfect regular season improbable.