New England Patriots: 5 Things to Look for in Week 1 to Signal Success in 2012

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New England Patriots: 5 Things to Look for in Week 1 to Signal Success in 2012
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For Tom Brady and the Patriots, anything but a return to the Super Bowl will be a disappointment.

The Patriots kick off their 2012 season on the road against the Tennessee Titans in just two days, and expectations are as high as ever.

Fresh off (another) stinging Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the New York Giants, and with an offense that now features more weapons than an episode of Game of Thrones, anything but a return to the championship game will be a disappointment.

While Week 1 is our first real look at the new team and there's still time to work out any kinks that may emerge, it's never too early to evaluate what we need to see if we can expect this squad to live up to the hype.

Here are five things to look for in Week 1 that will signal success in the coming season as a whole.

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