1. ...IF this secondary improves as much as last year's did as the season goes on. With no Sergio and Ihedigbo, it should. 2. ...IF Hernandez and Gronk come back into form and get over injuries, this offense will be dynamic again, especially with the addition of Lloyd and a running game. Right now, hobbling Gronk and Hernandez are killing the offense, the strength of the team. 3. ...IF Mankins gets over his injuries. 4. ...IF the D's front 7 stick together, they'll eventually dial up the pass rush as we saw toward the end of the game. This was Hightower's first game back. The Patriots' future is in their hands. PS. I thought they came out flat today, from the beginning of the game. You could tell they were emotionally spent.