Obvious variables include: health of the players, specifically Kyle Brady, the weather & the opponent. But the question remains - is the notion that was floated after the Dolphins game (that the Patriots hold back scheme-wise in the end of the season when stuff is wrapped up) - going to come to fruition in the post-season. Will we see anything radically new, formation wise, on either side of the ball then we saw in the first 16 wins? I still maintain we'll see more of the 2-WR, 2-TE than of the 4-wide. I think the 4-wide spread is pretty much gone, it was effective, they know exactly what kind of defense it will draw, but in the playoffs, 3-wide, 1-TE, 1-RB will be their main offense. It's ultimately much more effective when they have the personnel for it (K Brady, Watson).