The New England Patriots defense is ranked dead last in the NFL. I don't care how electric the Patriots offense is because if the defense plays like they have played this season, they won't win a playoff game. Let's face it, the Pats haven't had the toughest schedule and haven't come across a true gun slinger that they will see once the playoffs start.
Now I'm not saying they have to become the number one ranked defense in the league, but they for sure cannot be last if they have any Super Bowl aspirations. The biggest problem for this defense has been the most important facet of playing defense; tackling. They miss way too many tackles and if you're missing tackles as a defense, you're not going to be very successful.
These next two weeks are the most important weeks of the season for the Pats. Even though they have already clinched a playoff spot, it is imperative that they get the number one seed. A first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs is almost an unfair advantage.
Side note in all seriousness: I think it would be a brilliant idea for Robert Kraft to hire Tedy Bruschi as their defensive coordinator, or even just a linebacker coach. He knows the system, has a great relationship with every one in the organization, and is one of the best linebackers in NFL history. Not to mention his leadership skills are some of the best that the game has ever seen.