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Closer look at NFC West opponents

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers face a veteran team when the Patriots visit Candlestick Park in Week 5.

New England owns the fifth-oldest 53-man roster in the league. That includes the third-oldest starting defense, not necessarily a bad thing for a team running a 3-4 scheme.

I'm still playing around with ways to improve the weekly opponent profiles I've been running under the "DNA profile" headings. I've got good information but need to find better ways to pull it together and make it relevant. As always, I'm open to suggestions. In this case, I've almost got too much information to share.

I've also got a flight to catch. Here's a roided-out Patriots roster for those looking to get a better feel for New England. I've also made them available for the other teams facing NFC West opponents this week: the Bills and Giants.