That record-breaking 38-21 success has catapulted England back into the spotlight of world rugby after the disappointment of the 2011 World Cup campaign.
And is in direct contrast to Scotland, whose winless autumn series saw head coach Andy Robinson resign and Scott Johnson replace him at the helm on an interim basis.
But despite the differing preparations, Cole has warned those expecting a Red Rose whitewash to think again ahead of battle commencing this weekend.
"We set the bar quite high and people will expect us to win because we beat New Zealand and New Zealand beat Scotland in the autumn," Cole said.
"But we know that is not the case. The expectation is different now and we have to manage that as a team. Scotland are a dangerous team to play against.
"They've got nothing to lose. They've got an interim coaching staff and have been written off, much as we were last year, and we finished second.
"Every time I've played Scotland it's been close. They will come down and try and batter us physically."