A weekly look at what the New England Patriots must fix:
There is a lot for the Patriots to feel good about as they enter their bye week at 7-2 and with the AFC's best record. At the same time, there will be a process of cleaning up some things from the win over the Denver Broncos and the first nine games of the season before looking ahead to the following stretch:
Nov. 16: at Indianapolis Colts
Nov. 23: vs. Detroit Lions
Nov. 30: at Green Bay Packers
Dec. 7: at San Diego Chargers
With three of the next four games on the road, limiting false-start penalties figures to be one point of emphasis. The Patriots have 14 of them this season, with three coming over the last two weeks at home.
There will likely be times the Patriots will use the silent snap count in games against the Colts, Packers and possibly the Chargers because of crowd considerations. That puts an emphasis on synergy and communication on the offensive line, extending to the tight ends, receivers and running backs. Special teams can be included in that mix, too, as we've seen false starts show up in that area as well.
The Patriots are on a record pace for penalties in Bill Belichick's 15 years as head coach, and a high total of false starts is part of the reason why.