The defending champion New England Patriots have jumped out to a 9-0 start in the 2015 season. Tom Brady is performing at his typical MVP level, and the Patriots look like the most dominant team in the NFL. Based on their body of work and the way the rest of the schedule pans out, New England has a very good shot at finishing the regular season undefeated.

 

Of their seven remaining games, only three come against opponents with winning records. Two of those three teams, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, have already lost to New England this season. The third, the Denver Broncos, just benched their starting quarterback and are still adjusting to new signal caller, Brock Osweiler. The Broncos and Jets games will be hard fought physical matchups, but the Patriots will be favored to win both.

 

New England has the most dangerous offense in the NFL. They lead the league in scoring and are second in yards per game. The offensive attack leans heavily on Brady and the receiving corp. However, in games against the Jaguars, Cowboys, and Colts, the running game proved that it could be an effective weapon as well. The offense picked up 125 yards on the ground against Jacksonville and averaged approximately five yards per rush against Dallas and Indianapolis.

 

 

The defense has been about league average in terms of yards and points allowed per game. This has been perfectly adequate, considering the rate at which the offense has been scoring. New England scores so often that opponents are forced to throw the ball the majority of the time to keep up. The defensive line has been able to take advantage of this and has piled up the second most sacks in the league.

 

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The biggest threat to the Patriots finishing the season undefeated is injuries. Two weeks ago, do-everything running back Dion Lewis was lost for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. Last week, star receiver Julian Edelman went down with a broken foot. The offensive line has used numerous starting lineup combinations, as injuries keep forcing them to adjust. Despite these setbacks, the Patriots keep finding ways to win. As long as Brady and Rob Gronkowski remain healthy, this team is incredibly dangerous.

 

According to ESPN, the Patriots have only a 9 percent chance of finishing the season undefeated. Based on the way this team is playing and how the rest of their schedule looks, that number seems low to us. The Patriots are playing inspired football, and it does not look like any other team in the league has what it takes to beat them.

 

Which of the Patriot’s remaining games will be their most difficult? Is this Patriots team quietly becoming one of the best teams in history? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4