New England Patriots: 3 Signs Patriots Are Emerging as AFC Team to Beat Again

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New England Patriots: 3 Signs Patriots Are Emerging as AFC Team to Beat Again
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New England should finish with 12-plus wins once again en route to the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are behind Houston and Baltimore in the overall standings, but they are still the team to beat in the AFC.

New England won the conference in 2011, but they may be even better this year. They are certainly more balanced. The run game has been overpowering, particularly over the last two games, and the young defense should continue to improve each week. 

The AFC only has half a dozen legitimate teams, but the Pats are at the top of the list—and here’s why. 

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