The Patriot's will trounce the competition in the 2013 regular season, en route to a 12-4 record and top playoff seed. They kick the playoffs off by exacting revenge on the Ravens in the divisional round, and then they will top their arch-rival Broncos in the AFC Championship game, defeating Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and crew at Gillette. The season then culminates in New York with a 7-point Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks. Tom Brady will win an MVP award, and both he and Bill Belichick will solidify themselves as the greatest of all time.
|Peter King says Tom Brady will win his 4th Super Bowl this year|
Given the off-season the Patriots have had, and the substantial doubt surrounding this year's team, this seems like a pretty optimistic outlook, to say the least. But according to Peter King, this is how the upcoming NFL season will unfold. He unveils his bold predictions in Sports Illustrated's NFL-preview issue, being released this week.
As much as I would like to jump aboard the Patriot's Super Bowl bandwagon, currently being led by King and Felger, I'm not ready to crown the team Super Bowl champions yet. I agree with the line of thinking that unless the defense shows significant improvement this season, this team will not win a championship.
There are concerns on offense as well. While I believe as long as Brady is at the helm we will rank as one of the top offensive teams in the league statistically; elite defenses have stagnated the offense in big playoff games in recent years. And this year's offense is coming back with an all-new cast of characters. How well they will perform together when the games matter is yet to be seen.
And until I see both sides of the ball playing championship caliber football, the Patriots, sadly, are not my Super Bowl pick. Without a doubt, I see them as a Top 5, maybe Top 3 team in the league right now, but I will require some on-field convincing before I rank them any higher than that.
But, that being said, I really, really hope Peter King and Mike Felger are spot on. And that is something I never thought I would say.