Cover32: Fans should be thankful for the 2013 New England Patriots


As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, the New England Patriots have given fans a number of reasons to be thankful this 2013 NFL season.  After their dramatic victory on Sunday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the team heads into the final quarter of the season at 8-3 and a three game lead in the AFC East. With three Super Bowl titles and a consistent level of success for well over a decade, it seems appropriate to count the teams blessings.
The Patriots have given fans many things to be thankful for this season:
  • Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s forearm is healthy;
  • Cornerback Aqib Talib carrying the defense early in the season and shutting out top receiver after top receiver;
  • Slot wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to the team this offseason after being a free agent;
  • The offensive line has kept quarterback Tom Brady upright;
  • Running back Shane Vereen returned to health and sparked the offense replacing the free agent departure of running back Danny Woodhead;
  • Safety Devin McCourty stepping up and having his best season to date;
  • The steady consistency of kicker Stephen Gostkowski;
  • The growth of young wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson;
  • and the return-to-form of linebacker Brandon Spikes who is quietly having a great season.
Despite all these things to be thankful for, Patriots fans really have three huge reasons to be thankful about the team this Thanksgiving:
1. Owner Bob Kraft:
It may be hard to believe, but a young Patriots fans who have watched the team as they grow up in the last twenty years may not remember that the team was once the laughing stock of the NFL.  Since Bob Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994 they have had a grand total of two losing seasons (1995 and 2000) here for much more: