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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A few 'sure things' with Patriots

By Mike Reiss

CBSSports.com senior writer Clark Judge writes on some "sure things" for the 2011 NFL season and it didn't take long for the Patriots to surface. When it comes to sure things, Judge writes that these are things you can book now:

1. Winning the AFC East. "There's a perception out there that this season belongs to the New York Jets, and you can see why: They made it to the AFC Championship Game the past two seasons, including the 2009 season where they made it with a rookie head coach and rookie quarterback. Plus, they beat mighty New England in Foxborough in the 2010 playoffs. One problem: They still didn't win their division either year, and I can tell you why in two words: Tom Brady. As long as he's in the lineup, opponents are in deep kimchi. ..."

2. A longer win streak over the Bills. "The Bills beat [Brady] about as often as it snows in Ft. Lauderdale. You can look it up: Brady is 17-1 vs. the Bills, including victories in the last 13 games, with 39 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. If Brady is good to go, make Buffalo 0-2."