One view on Pats being set up for success

July, 22, 2011
7/22/11
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Bucky Brooks of NFL.com picks five teams he feels are set up for success once the lockout is lifted, and five teams he believes will struggle. The Patriots land in the first category.

"The presence of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick make the Patriots perennial favorites to win the AFC under any circumstance," Brooks writes. "The team’s offense features several veterans, so the unit shouldn’t skip a beat when camp opens up. Although their young, emerging defense will need some time to find their identity with a potential free agent or two set to come onboard, the ability to rely on a high-powered offense for the first few weeks of the season should keep the Patriots ahead of the game."

Agree or disagree?

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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