New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots

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Inside Sport - - PUNTER’S CHANCE -

Cu­ri­ous fact: dur­ing the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, a run that has ac­cu­mu­lated five ti­tles, the Pats have only backed up once – and that hap­pened to be 12 years ago. It’s not an in­dict­ment; it’s tes­ti­mony to how good NE has been for so long, which we were all re­minded of when Brady (le‡) cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day in pre­sea­son. Brady shows no signs of slow­ing, and with the ad­di­tion of speedy Brandin Cooks and the return of Rob Gronkowski, he’ll have a cou­ple more tar­gets to tor­ment de­fences with. The rest of the divi­sion in the AFC East is a li le down, which should give the Pa­tri­ots a buf­fer. But more than anything else, a‡er the last Su­per Bowl, how can you bet against this team’s in­domitable will to win?

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