IMO There is 6 things (not 3 as said in title of the post) that is a MUST that the Patriots must do in consecutive games to make it to the Super Bowl. 1) RUN THE FOOTBALL 70% OF THE TIME - Whether it is working or not early in the game we need to continually pound the football till the final gun sounds - Of course mixed in with about 30% pass plays to keep the D honest - When we have more pass plays than runs we usually lose this year - Our Wide Receivers as a whole are not playoff caliber guys,so to get far in the playoffs, we need to just let the WRs catch some balls here and there to keep the D front from coninuously plugging the gaps and let LOMO and Corey do the ground game. 2) PRESSURE THE OPPOSING QB - When was the last time we had a whole game of knocking the QB on his butt and getting through the OL consistently - it has not been anytime recently - We have one of the best trio of DEs in football but they need to be more aggressive and more emotional -The talent is there,they must be able to use thier skills up to full potential - we know its there. 3) OFFENSIVE LINE GIVING BRADY TIME TO THROW - With the lack of speed and unable to seperate from defensive backs,our receivers need more time than the average team WRs to get constantly open - If Brady is given about 4/5 seconds on average in the pocket without runnig for his life,he could find a turtle to pass to...give him time and he will beat a defense no matter how lousy a receiver is in getting open. 4) KEN WALTER & SPECIAL TEAMS COVERAGE- Must improve dramatically,We cannot let any playoff team start at the 50 or worse or we will be hard pressed to keep them off the scoreboard. 5) PENALTIES - Stupid holding and knocking down receivers ,especially Ellis Hobbs has cost us too many points this year,whether they led to scores or not is irrelevant...If any player in the secondary gets beaten then just let the WR go and see if he can catch the ball...grabbing onto them only leads to calls anyway so if they catch it,they catch it,there's nothing we can do once they get by anyways. 6) TURNOVERS - Just hang onto the damn ball and put 2 hands on it when in a tight situation or when the WR is off and running from pursuit - enough said here. If we improve on the 6 things or at least 5 out of 6 we can play with anyone in the NFL - If we fail on 3 or more of these weaknesses,its been a nice season but a lost one. - Theres no reason to think we can't do it if the emotions,heart and desire come out of this team and onto the field which has not been seen since the Minnesota game.