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Patriots counting on Dillon for balance

If Tom Brady were to suffer an injury that sidelined him for any considerable time, the Pats could be in trouble.

Updated: July 30, 2004, 12:31 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com Insider
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Best Case
When you finish the season with a 15-game winning streak, and cap that stretch of brilliance with a second Super Bowl title in three years, there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room left for improvement.

Corey Dillon
Dillon
But the New England Patriots could be even better in 2004 if their best-case scenario, an improved running attack led by Corey Dillon, unfolds as anticipated. That would provide much better balance to the offense. Coordinator Charlie Weis was often forced in the past to use the short pass, and plenty of screens, in lieu of the run.

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