Patriots

Patriots

Every year, the Patriots go through the same process of self-examination. They won’t know who they are until at least Columbus Day, maybe later. In 2017, they couldn’t figure out what they wanted to be on defense until they threw a blanket party for the Buccaneers in Week 5 and went on to win 11 of their final 12. Last season, it took weeks to hammer out the personnel and attack plan on offense. Then they glitched late and had to reboot a second time after a 17-10 loss to Pittsburgh. In that game, they got run over on defense for the third week in a row, committed 14 penalties and had no flow on offense. But they figured it out and another championship banner will be unveiled Sunday night. What will happen after the celebration? You came to the right place.