- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots have had an uncharacteristically chaotic offseason. They lost their leading receiver -- Wes Welker -- to an AFC rival. Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski's status is in question for Week 1 after multiple surgeries, and the team was forced to cut Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested and charged with murder and five additional gun charges.
That brings us to our latest "Poll Friday" question: How many wins will the Patriots get in 2013?
Will the recent offseason events in New England impact the team’s bottom line? The Patriots have been the dominant team in the AFC East for the past dozen years.
I’ve said for weeks that this year’s Patriots are not a championship-caliber team. The offense is not as good as the previous two years, and there are still some holes on defense. But as long as quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are in New England, the Patriots have a chance.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the 2013 win total for New England. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.