1974: Plunkett's Patriots started fast
The 1974 Patriots flew out of the gate and raised the hopes of fans that they were headed for the playoffs. The team was led by the 1971 No. 1 draft pick, quarterback Jim Plunkett (left), on offense and talented defensive end Julius Adams (right) and cornerback Ron Bolton on defense. The Chuck Fairbanks-coached team started 5-0, but injuries crept in -- the most devastating being a knee injury that knocked out tight end Bob Windsor in Game 7 -- and the team struggled in the second half, going 1-6 down to the stretch, to finish at 7-7 and out of the postseason. Plunkett threw for more than 2,400 yards, but had 22 interceptions to go along with his 19 touchdowns.