Even if the Patriots make the playoffs (538 has them at 12 percent; FO has them 26th in DVOA with an 8.2 percent chance), they're not winning a championship. Another appearance in the Final Four would be a huge shock.
So while this season isn't over, it's really about the future now. The Patriots will be loaded with cap space this offseason, but with also a ton of holes on the roster that caused the problems this season.
Let's start the look to the future with an assessment of this roster. Who are the building blocks for the next two or three years? They are few and far between.