I agree that the Pats arrow isn't pointing down so long as Brady is the QB. It's surprising that the defense hasn't been better. While they are vulnerable, they are one of the league's better teams.
It isn't pointing down, but I'd argue that it isn't exactly pointing up either. Losses to the Cards and Seattle show they are vulnerable. Yes, Brady is still dangerous, but I truly believe he has reached his ceiling, and we will begin to see a gradual decline.
If I told you in the preseason that the Pats would be 3-3 at this point, would you have believed me?
JMP thinks the Pats could go 13-3...which means 10 straight wins. I don't see that, though I do think the Pats should win the division. But I think we are seeing the beginning of the decline of the Pats dynasty. Is this like the Visigoths sacking Rome, which began the decline of the Roman empire?