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Are Patriots on top of their game?

Despite being the AFC's No. 1 seed, New England doesn't inspire a lot of confidence

Updated: January 2, 2012, 9:26 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- OK, let's level with each other and get right down to it. The New England Patriots' 13-3 record is nice. So, too, is their No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

But when it comes to confidence in this team entering the postseason, you're feeling a little torn, right?

There are flashes of excellence when it all comes together, as happened during parts of the second half of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills. But there also are disasters such ...

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