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Saturday, 07 September 2013 19:36

New England Patriots Season Preview

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The New England Patriots kick off the 2013 season tomorrow in Buffalo, New York. The season is upon us, and as with every season over the last twelve years the Patriots have Super Bowl aspirations. A free bet would be seeing this team making it as far as Tom Brady can take a group of unknown wide receivers.   Tom Brady has done some amazing things in his career.  I believe this is just his latest challenge. The group of Amendola, Dobson, Boyce, and Thompkins is much more talented than the 2006 group that was one half away from a Super Bowl appearance.  Looking at the schedule it is not easy but a good team wins the tough games. Road trips to Baltimore, Atlanta and Houston are challenging. If the Pats can take care off business at home a 12-4 season is likely.  The defense that has been being rebuilt on the fly since the 2010 season, showed an aggressive style this pre-season. The defensive line looks strong with the starters   The question will be the depth behind Kelly and Wilfork. The linebackers are young and good. I am interested to see second round draft pick Jamie Collins use in sub packages.  He is a Swiss Army knife and I believe Belichick envision using him in the way he hoped to use Adalius Thomas in the 2007 season.  Some bold predictions.   Running back Stevan Ridley will be the first back in the Belichick era to go over 1000 yards in consecutive seasons  Tom Brady will throw for less than 30 touch down passes.  The running game will be the cause of this as the Patriots are particular deep at this position  Shane Vereen will be more than capable of replacing the departed Danny Woodhead. He might even replace the production of a former Florida tight end.  Kenbrell Thompkins will lead all rookie receivers in receptions this season.  He has to.  The Patriots have not developed a rookie receiver since Deion Branch.  Their weaknesses at certain positions is obvious.  While a legitimate case could be made that any starteron either side of the ball could make the pro bowl, back ups at corner, defensive tackle and offensive line have some fans pessimistic.  The backups are unknown. Names like corner Logan Ryan, defensive tackle Joe Villiano and offensive guard Marcus Cannon will all be household names by seasons end.  This season is a transition, but in a weakened conference the Patriots have as good a shot as any to represent the AFC in the championship game this February in the Meadowlands.   Remember to listen to the CLNS Patriots post game show this Sunday and every week following the game. 
Jeff Kane

Jeff Kane is the Patriots Beat Manager for CLNS Radio He is the lead host for Patriots Beat and Host of the Patriots Post Game Show. His quick-witted style and knowlege of the New England Patriots are some of his endearing qualities to CLNS listeners.

Jeff is a lifelong Boston sports fan who grew up right outside of Boston. His passion for the New England Patriots dates back to watching his first game in 1984. Jeff grew up with love for the Larry Bird led Celtics, watching games after his bedtime with his father Chuck.

A self describe football know-it-all. Jeff says his favorite sports memories are the Snow Bowl Game and attending game one of the NBA playoffs with his father in 2008.

Jeff currently resides in New Hampton, New Hampshire with his Wife Michelle and his two sons Connelly and Saygen.

Jeff can be reached by email: jkane@clnsradio.com

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