Whether to fret or bet on the Patriots

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ESPNBoston.com authority Mike Reiss composed an astute perspective piece on the state of the New England Patriots the day after their disheartening loss to the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

Reiss puts forth four reasons to be distressed with where the Patriots are headed and four reasons to be confident about their chances with 14 regular-season games to play.

"Such sudden shifts can create a roller coaster of emotions," Reiss writes, "but the teams that weather them and keep an even keel usually have the best chance to succeed."