Originally Posted by Billingsley26
Never, Not with the easiest schedule in the league next year. And especially not with Bellichek at the helm.
"The easiest schedule in the league" is highly subject to change. I'm sure everyone had the Ravens marked down as a L and the Titans marked down as a W on their schedule prior to the season. Things do change though. As for "Belichick at the helm", don't count on that for 2008.
Anyway, in response to the question posed in the thread, it's not only possible, but highly likely that the Patriots are going to suffer a dropoff from this season. In fact, there are only two ways to avoid such an occurence: 1) go 19-0 or 2) win the Super Bowl. Apart from those two results, 2008 will be a dropoff from 2007 for the Patriots. As far as can they suffer a large dropoff, considering their division, it's not very likely, but considering the age of their defense, it's bound to fall off in the very near future.
The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.
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