That's where you come across as uninformed.
Of course Lucks absence is a huge factor in how the roster performed. Luck put up more points than Brissett. More yards per drive. That means the defense is on the field less. If the opposing team has to score, the defense can be more efficient.
agree on all counts. NE has really not often been elite on either line, but they've always had Bill Belechik as the coach.
But I will say one thing. Many people have undestimated the prodigious offensive talent at skill positions that that team has had over the years.