There's been a lot of talk in the last few weeks about the "I" word -- the team's Identity, and that the Pats don't have a distinct one, either on offense or defense. We don't fall into one of those easy "smashmouth D, and we pound the ball on offense" categories that the media love, and are not consistently conforming to our 2007 "air show" edition. This has been bothering me and I've been thinking about it for a few weeks, especially as I keep looking at the overall NFL stats as we keep improving a little more each game as BB noted. I think I have discovered a fitting identity for the Pats, and I would propose that it is: "The most balanced team in the NFL." There is no perfectly accepted definition of this description, so I would suggest the following: There is no other team in the NFL that is better on both offense and defense. A quick analysis of the stats bears this out: Points scored: Pats #7, trailing: NO, SD, Phil, GB, Minn, Indy Points given up: Pats #4, trailing: NYJ, Bal, Dal (We are #2 in overall point differential, ahead of Indy and SD now, trailing only NO, mostly because they have outscored us by 100 points yet given up about 50 more) Yards/YPG gained: Pats #2, trailing only NO Yards given up: Pats #8, trailing NYJ, GB, Balt, Cinn, Denv, Pitt, Phil) This quick analyis supports the point: there are no teams ahead of us on either of 2 common offensive indicator categoried AND on the defensive side so far in 2009. Historically, I really like this kind of team--it's the kind that is almost always in games, doesn't get blown out, and has a decent chance to win. Many of us have noted that the 2009 edition feels more like earlier vintages of the decade and I think the "B" word --- Balance, is the answer. What do you think?