Patriots have found right mix

Unlike rival Jets, New England has team chemistry it can count on

Updated: January 4, 2012, 2:43 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The words from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft still resonate.

"I think the chemistry, the locker room, a lot of games are won and lost before you hit the field," he said.

The date was March 22, 2010, and Kraft was sharing his view on where things went wrong in the team's 2009 season. The individual parts just didn't come together that year. Thus, a big part of the Patriots' team-building strategy the following offseason was cultivating ...

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  • Not Good Enough
    Clay Buchholz is much more likely to have redemption on his mind than retaliation after getting rocked for 10 runs his last time out.