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Bedard: Time is right for Patriots’ inefficient offense to finally get with the program

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

No, I wasn't sampling the legalized product in the Commonwealth when I wrote the Patriots' offense had hit rock-bottom in the 35-14 victory over the Giants that moved New England to a perfect 6-0.

If you think Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady took the last 11 days off since there's obviously nothing to worry about given their unblemished record, then I have some marshland on the Cape to sell you.

And if you needed further evidence about where this offense is right now, I'm happy to provide it. And then we'll get into why I have some optimism that we'll see the slow ascension of this unit starting with tonight's game against a solid Jets defense at the Meadowlands.

First, some drive stats numbers from FootballOutsiders.com to put the Patriots' standing into historical perspective against themselves — other Patriots teams, especially the offense, are always the bar used to measure around here: