Missing Pieces the New England Patriots Could Still Land

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Missing Pieces the New England Patriots Could Still Land
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Unless quarterback Tom Brady suddenly retires from football to become a horse-racing aficionado or bow-tie model, the New England Patriots will once again rank among the early favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl, but they still have a few holes to patch before sailing the good ship lollipop to a title.

Like any other collaborative project, piece of machinery or team sport, NFL teams need to find just the right pieces to round out their roster to promote a winning atmosphere, intense competition and above all on-field production.

Even the world’s finest watch won’t keep time without the right parts, and here are five missing pieces to help the Patriots wind up and run like clockwork in 2013.

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