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NFL Season Preview: #2 New England Patriots

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Overview: QB Tom Brady went down in the Patriots’ first regular season game last year. Filling in for him was QB Matt Cassel, a quarterback who hadn’t started a game since high school. Cassel filled in admirably, leading the Pats to an 11-5 record, but New England still missed the playoffs.

Offseason Moves: The Patriots lot a lost more than they gained this off season. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach in Denver, and New England traded QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel to Kansas City, where former Patriots VP Scott Pioli took over as general manager. The Pats also lost players to retirement, such as S Rodney Harrison and LB Tedy Bruschi. New England is still waiting for LB Junior Seau to retire as well. The Patriots did add players, believe it or not. New England signed RB Fred Taylor, WR Joey Galloway, and traded for WR Greg Lewis to bolster the offense. On defense, the Patriots traded for DE Derrick Burgess and CB Shawn Springs, as well as signing LB Paris Lenon and CB Leigh Bodden.

Upcoming Season: The Patriots still have the core of players on offense that set the record for most points ever scored in the NFL in one season. With a healthy QB Tom Brady, and WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker, the Patriots should still have the same kind of explosion. The running game has struggled, but look for RB Laurence Maroney to learn something from RB Fred Taylor.  On defense, the Patriots have a solid defensive line. The linebackers are still strong despite all the losses, and are led by NFL Defensive Player of the Year LB Jerod Mayo. The secondary could struggle at times, but will be consistent enough for the Patriots to win.

Tom BradyPlayer to watch: This is a no brainer. QB Tom Brady is coming off a torn ACL, and no one can say with absolute positivity that he will be the same quarterback that he was before. Brady still has the weapons, and has looked healthy so far this preseason. Look for Brady to start off slow, but still finish within the range of 30-35 TDs.

Prediction: 10-6, 1st in AFC East

The Patriots are better this season than last, but their schedule is one of the toughest in the league. With the exception of the first couple games, look for the Patriots to have to battle for the divison.

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