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The New England Patriots really have a star-studded team capable of ending their eight-year Super Bowl drought.
Any offense with Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and a newly found ground game with Stevan Ridley will contend for a Super Bowl.
The defense has its issues, but it is one or two players away from reaching a whole new level.
Belichick has formed a powerhouse football team that has been plagued by the injury bug this season.
The loss of superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski led to the Patriots losing the ability to run their signature, deadly two tight end formations.
The Patriots also lost utility man Julian Edelman who impacted the game on offense, special teams and even defense. Edelman is one of the most versatile players in the league. His loss really hurt the Patriots' mulch-dimensionally, arguably more than people may realize.
On top of losing two important offensive players, both running backs, Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley, sustained injuries in the playoffs. They also were without Chandler Jones, safety Patrick Chung, guard Logan Mankins, defensive tackle Kyle Love and suspended linebacker Jermaine Cunningham for various parts of the season.
Injuries are a part of football and teams must overcome them during a grueling run deep into the playoffs. But, the Patriots caught an injury bug that took out a lot of their key players.
So long as the Patriots stay healthy, which is easier said than done, they will have a chance at winning a Super Bowl next season.