Biggest Questions Facing New England Patriots in Week 1 Bout with Buffalo Bills

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Biggest Questions Facing New England Patriots in Week 1 Bout with Buffalo Bills
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The New England Patriots have serious questions to answer in 2013, starting with their Week 1 contest with the Bills in Buffalo.

They underwent astonishing roster turnover during the offseason, losing most of their receiving corps and loading up on rookies to take up the slack.  Their vaunted two-tight end attack is in shambles. 

They managed to re-sign top cornerback Aqib Talib, but the secondary has been their Achilles’ heel in recent years, and they haven’t made any significant personnel moves to make it any better.  They took a chance on former All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson, but he’s out for the season after being placed on injured reserve.

Purely from a personnel standpoint, it’s almost impossible to argue that the Patriots are better than they were in 2012. 

That doesn’t mean they can’t be a better team, or that those rookies can’t make an immediate impact, or that the holdovers from last season can’t improve their level of play in 2013.  It just means questions abound, and the Patriots need to find answers.

Some of those answers will evolve over the course of a long season, but others are more pressing and must materialize right out of the gate.  Here are the biggest questions the Patriots must answer when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.

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