A year removed from a loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will once again lead the Pats into a fresh season looking for their fourth ring together. It won't be easy.
Expectations are high once again, since the Pats will bring back the bulk of their high-octane offense and a defense with an extra year of seasoning, not to mention a couple of promising young rookies.
An easy schedule certainly doesn't hurt the Patriots' chances, either, and neither does a division that seems filled with enough question marks to make The Riddler jealous. Then again, all bets are off in the NFL and everybody knows that parity rules the day, so fans will likely have their guard up for anything and everything.
Sketchy offensive line play in the preseason has been a big point of contention, but the Patriots have shrugged off early-season struggles in years past to wage successful campaigns. As they wrap up the preseason against the Giants on Wednesday night, what are your expectations?