New England Patriots: Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses Through First 3 Games

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New England Patriots: Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses Through First 3 Games
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Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots would not agree with the premise of identifying a team's biggest strengths and weaknesses after just three games. They say it all the time, through one cliche or another: The season's a marathon, not a sprint. There's a long way to go. There's still plenty of room for improvement. So on and so on.

And they're right. What we've seen from the Patriots, so far, isn't what we'll be seeing in December, January and—dream the big dream—February.

But the Patriots have shown enough to make an impression. We're getting a sense for what they can do, and we're starting to see what they can't—or, at least, what they haven't been able to yet.

Through three games, the 2012 Patriots have started to take form. Their struggles and assets are coming into focus. Here's what we've seen, so far.

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