New England Patriots: 6 Defenders Who Will Scare AFC East in 2012

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New England Patriots: 6 Defenders Who Will Scare AFC East in 2012
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Even though the New England Patriots failed to bring home the NFL's prized possession at the end of last season, they still continue to solidify their dominance of the AFC East year after year. The Patriots have won eight of the last nine AFC East titles and have also made their presence known during the postseason as well, winning three Super Bowls over the last 10 years.

New England is mostly known for their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, and his ability to run a near-perfect offense with various levels of talent at his aid. The high-powered offense has been a key factor to the Patriots' success over the last few seasons, especially since the defense has been below average.

Last season, New England had the most offensive yards per game in the league but also had the second-worst defense in terms of yards allowed per game.

This season has to be different, and it seems like management feels the same way as they drafted six defenders while only taking one offensive player.

If the Patriots want to make another trip to the Super Bowl in 2012, they have to play better defense. That being said, here are six defenders who could scare the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

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