The New England Patriots could not have had their bye week come at a better time. The offense has finally clicked, scoring 55 points and totaling over 600 yards of offense this past week. The defense has showed much improvement for most of the season even though injuries have taken an enormous toll on the team. With a tough second half schedule on the horizon, the Patriots’ bye week will further them into the time of the year that means the most.
New England will be playing games against teams such as the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos and Panthers provide tough matchups for a New England offense that has struggled for most of the season before this past Sunday.
Von Miller will provide a giant matchup problem against an inexperienced Patriots offensive line, and Carolina’s front seven might be the best in the league and will cause numerous problems as well. The Ravens, while not having the best of records, always give the Patriots a tough game. In 2007, the lackluster Ravens led by Kyle Boller were only a handful of yards away from defeating the previously undefeated Patriots.
New England is always trying to be at its best during November and December, but hiccups can and will occur. The bye week will give the already confident Patriots more time to click before their Monday night game in Week 11 against the Panthers. The return of do-it-all running back Shane Vereen just might be the missing piece to a potentially dominating New England offense.
The second half of the season is going to be fun around the NFL. The potential return of a dominant Patriot team could be the most intriguing storyline in the coming days, weeks and months. The bye week is up first, and it has never looked so good.