LB seems to be the the biggest question mark on the team. The offense should be in the top 2-3 averaging around 25 PPG, D Line will be very good, secondary looks improved, special teams will be in the top 10 but what about the LBs? Run stopping - IMO this will be a bigger factor than pass rush, 12 of the 16 games on the schedule are against run first opponents (twice against Buffalo, Jets, Miami and then Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Tennessee, Carolina, Jacksonsville). Pass rush - The Pats appear to have more blitzers at Safety than in previous years, once Rodney went down the Pats were forced to play a very vanilla scheme (two Safeties back). The lack of skills at CB was also a factor in years past. I don't expect Woods, Crable, etc. to be great but it shouldn't be as big of issue as the hype. If the Patriots can stop the run they should be 11-5 or better, if not they won't make the playoffs.