Dissecting the New England Patriots' Weakest Links

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Dissecting the New England Patriots' Weakest Links
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For Pats fans, it was sad to see rookie Alfonzo Dennard regress in Week 10.

The New England Patriots are one of the handful of elite teams that gets heavily criticized after a win.  

And why not?  Regular-season wins aren't hard to come by for the Pats, especially against the perennial mediocrity that is the Buffalo Bills.  New England has won 10 or more games in all but one regular season since QB Tom Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001.  

What Pats fans are looking for isn't just another "W"—and for that, we may, perhaps justifiably, call them spoiled—but some indication that their team is built for a Super Bowl run.

By some measure, New England gave us such an indication by putting up 37 points and making a key defensive play to win Sunday's game in the end.

But the Pats are far from flawless—they let a game in which they were favored by double digits come down to the wire.   Though they brought home a win this time, that hasn't always been the case this season, thanks to letdowns in tight games against the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks

The Pats are 6-3 and in a comfortable position in the AFC East race. Still, in the words of their future Hall of Fame QB, there is always room for improvement.

Let's take a look at five areas that the Pats need to fine-tune in the second half.

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