In reality, the only thing holding back the Patriots' running game is the offensive line. Assuming we don't have any more setbacks and continue to get healthy, we will have a running game in time for the the playoffs.
Enough about the past, the Patriots appear to have things under control when it comes to punting and kickoffs. While returning punts and kickoffs hasn't been electric, it also hasn't been disastrous. When it comes to blocking punts, we are head over heals better than everyone else. Kicking for points, an adventure every Sunday, and entertaining all week long. You can't win them all. If the offense could punch it in from the red zone, this problem would be a minor inconvenience at best.
DEFENSE- The goal here is simple: play 4 quarters, stay healthy and make tackles. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake. Would I like to see the defense get into the scoring column, heck yeah. If they don't and the offense finally makes an opponent pay for their mistake, I'll take it. This defense is special. Are they the best to ever play the game? That's debatable. Could they hold all of the other NFL teams out of the endzone on any given Sunday? Absolutely. With that being said, even if the offense never reaches their capabilities, this defense can get ring #7.