NFL Panic Index – Nobody’s afraid of the NE Patriots anymore

After nearly two decades of the New England Patriots cranking out winning seasons and trips to the Super Bowls, you probably wanted the era of dominance to end in flames.

Maybe you hoped the rumblings of a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick feud would finally boil over and end with a messy divorce. Or maybe the drama-filled start to the 2018 offseason would cause the bottom to fall out and the Patriots would finally be a team with double-digit losses.

But nope. The death for the Patriots dynasty is coming in the form of a slow and unceremonious wilt. They’re still good enough to win the always uninspiring AFC East, but not nearly good enough to give Brady and Belichick a sixth Super Bowl ring.

The defense is …

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