The New England Patriots continued their string of successful seasons in 2011, running a somewhat flawed team all the way to the Super Bowl where they lost again to the New York Giants. As the 2012 NFL season begins to unfold it’s becoming apparent that Bill Belichick is once again revamping the Patriots. A lengthy list of free agents have been signed and New England will mix and match, discarding those who don’t make the cut and getting the most out of what he has. It’s a Belichick thing.
One area the Patriots have been working on is the improvement in their wide receivers. Brandon Lloyd was inked to a contract to line up alongside Wes Welker and Deion Branch. And of course the Patriots will dish out big doses of Rob Gronkowski. There’s seems to be no major effort to find a backup for Tom Brady, who’s been healthy and notched over 5,000 yards last season. But obviously the Patriots want more. It’s hard to pick a true #1 running back for the New England Patriots but the coaching staff should be able to cobble together a running game effective enough to keep Brady clean.
Quite frankly the New England defense sucked in 2011 finishing near the bottom of the NFL. A pair of high draft picks in Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower were the most obvious attempts to plug the holes in the defense. While the secondary side of the house isn’t great, generating a sound pass rush with Jones and Jake Bequette, another highly regarded lineman, should help the Patriots defense move up in the standings.
2012 Patriots tickets have a few standout games on the list. Obviously the arrival of the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning on Oct. 7th is a gimme, but your New England Patriots tickets also offer a chance to see the Jets, the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, a key date against the San Francisco 49ers, and what could be a key game against an improving Buffalo Bills team.Eric Drouant