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All eyes are on Tom Brady, but the Patriots' defense will determine whether or not this team wins a Super Bowl this season. 

October 31, 2016

There is no question that the Patriots’ offense, even with minor flaws on the offensive line and running back, is a juggernaut now that Tom Brady is back. The combination of TEs Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, along with receiver Julian Edelman will make them a very tough matchup for even the best defenses. And so far the defense has been good at the most important factor—keeping opponents out of the end zone (third in league at 16.5 points per game)—but has a hard time getting off the field on third downs, and the best QBs it has faced are Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton.

How will the Patriots fare on defense if they face the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers or Derek Carr? Will they have enough pass rush and big plays after trading ends Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins? The defense will tell the tale for the 2016 Patriots.

 

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