Hidden in all the doomsaying in these parts are many reasons to be optimistic about the Pats chances over the next 8 weeks. You would never know it from the topics being discussed, but the Patriots have allowed the fewest defensive TDs in the NFL, allowing only 16 TDs in 13 games. Compared to the 03 and 04 Champions, they are at a pace of ending the season allowing fewer TDs than both the 03 and 04 defenses. We are allowing the fewest points per game of any BB Pat team. We are allowing fewer rushing yards than either 03 or 04. We are on a pace where we will allow 49 more total yards than the 03 D and 250 less than the 04 D. Point blank, statistically, we have the best D of the BB era. Offensively, we already have run for more yard than we did last year. We are gaining 20 yards per game rushing more than we did in 03, and 12 less than the dominant running game of 2004. We are averaging more yards of total offense than we had in 2003, and only 22 a game less than 2004. We are scoring more points per game than we did in 2003, but about 5 a game less than 04. Basically, if you told me before the season started that BBs defense would play better than it ever had, Tom Brady is healthy, and our running game is close to the 2004 running game, and we are headed for the playoffs, I would have said we are on our way to the 4th ring. Somehow, all of those things have happened, but the general opinion being expressed by Pats fans is that we arent very good. (There is even one thread out there asking if BB has lost it). The bottom line is that the things you need to do to win in the playoffs are the things we are doing well, with the exception of committing too many turnovers. There is just no way you can be down on the chances of a team that is allowing 1.23 TDs and 14.3 points per game, and has Tom Brady at QB when the playoffs begin.