The 5 Games That Will Determine Patriots' Fate in 2013

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The 5 Games That Will Determine Patriots' Fate in 2013
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The Patriots and their revamped receiving corps will embark on a challenging 2013 schedule, one that could have them without all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski for the start of the season.

The road to the playoffs always goes through the division, and the Dolphins especially have been extremely active this offseason, while both the Jets and Bills should provide the challenges that they always do. Despite the Patriots' divisional dominance, the games early in the season especially always seem to be closely contested.

The 2013 campaign will see the Patriots face the top playoff seeds from both conferences from last year, along with a total of four road games against playoff teams. It's one of the toughest schedules the Pats have faced in years, with challenging games sprinkled throughout the season.

Here are the five games that will make or break the 2013 Pats.

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