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To most, this is one of the most complete offenses Tom Brady has ever had at his disposal.
Rob Gronkowski is fresh off the best tight end season in NFL history. Aaron Hernandez is a deceptive hybrid no one can quite figure out.
Brandon Lloyd, who led the league in receptions in 2010 under the tutelage of current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, is on the roster—a guy who should add a big-play dimension to the offense.
The first two draft picks were on the defensive side of the ball—something inherently needed after a 2011 campaign in which they allowed the second-most yards in the league.
As usual, they're a Super Bowl favorite.
But the Tennessee Titans mustn't be taken lightly. Jake Locker has a rocket arm, can scramble with the best of the them, has athletic pass-catching options and has a revitalized Chris Johnson.
Free-agent acquisition Kamerion Wimbley will be vital in this game. If he can apply pressure on Brady, the Titans could keep it close.
However, New England has Brady, the ultimate X-factor, and should be ready to counter what Tennessee throws at them on offense and defense.
An entertaining game that the Patriots close out late.
Prediction: Patriots 35, Titans 24
Final Score: Patriots 34, Titans 13