The Patriots are 3-3 and there are numerous reasons for that.
But Tom Brady, the team's star QB, gets a ton of credit when they win, so he should take a ton of blame when they lose, right?
The guys on Sports Tonight play "Is it fair?" and toss out a number of criticisms involving Brady. But are they fair?
Fair or unfair?:
He cannot close games anymore.
Brady forces too many passes.
Brady plays favorites too much.
Brady isn't committed enough.
Let us know what you think!
You can add USA TODAY to the Patriots' undefeated season bandwagon.
In its annual projections before NFL teams report to training camps this week, USA TODAY has the Patriots going 16-0 in the regular season, then beating the AFC West's L.A. Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the playoffs before capping a perfect 19-0 season with a Super Bowl 52 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minneapolis.
Here's their Pats' regular-season rundown from USA TODAY NFL writer Nate Davis:
New England Patriots (16-0): Is it bold? Sure. Kinda. But it's not like Tom Brady hasn't gone 16-0 before ... (and, really, wouldn't he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%.
Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman called the 19-0 talk "stupid" last week. Bill Belichick is almost guaranteed to dismiss it if and when he's asked about it this week.