No one questions New England's offensive firepower, but it's time to give the Patriots' defense its due. A closer look reveals a unit that's young, fast, smart, unconventional -- and a big reason why the Patriots are still unbeaten.
Helping to hold the Georgia Bulldogs to 146 yards below their 20th ranked rushing attack in a dominating 27-3 win Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 283 pound Bullard showed off the form that could result in his joining Shariff Floyd, Dominique Easley and Dante Fowler as Florida's fourth defensive linemen to earn a first round pick since 2013.
Dolphins have played much better the last two weeks, but the teams Miami has beaten have three combined wins. On Thursday, Miami takes on the unbeaten Patriots, who will provide the ultimate litmus test for Dan Campbell's team.
The Steelers-Patriots matchup in the Week 1 will likely come down to quarterback play -- and this one features two of the best in Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. But there are some of the key factors that could come into play, and here are five stats to know.
The Patriots are pumped up about their 2015 draft class, from which they could squeeze multiple defensive starters, including defensive lineman Malcom Brown. Before New England gets that group on the field, we reset the Patriots' offseason with NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney.
Top 15 selections for Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon III prove that NFL teams remain willing to invest high picks in extraordinary talent at running back. In this way-too-early peek at the 2016 NFL Draft, Alabama's Derrick Henry and Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott continue the running back revolution.
Adding skill-position talent to complement young quarterback Ryan Tannehill as well as beef to each side of the line of scrimmage could have Miami finally ready to challenge New England (which drafted well again too) in the AFC East.