Could the 2011 New England Patriots Be Better Than the '07 Squad?

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Could the 2011 New England Patriots Be Better Than the '07 Squad?
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The New England Patriots enjoyed a fairly successful year in 2010. After trading disgruntled superstar receiver Randy Moss, most fans thought Bill Belichick was sabotaging the offense as well as the season. But fans were quickly reminded of the term “in Belichick we trust” when the Patriots re-acquired old friend, Deion Branch, thus restoring the prolific dink-and-dunk offense from the early Super Bowl dynasty. Surprisingly, the Pats had one of their best statistical seasons under Bill Belichick leading the NFL with 518 points – just 71 points behind the most prolific offense ever (2007 Patriots) – and a +28 turnover differential, while winning the AFC East with a league-best 14-2 record.

A few days ago the Patriots made two significant moves, bringing in high-profile players Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. Considering the success they had last year in what most dubbed a “transition year”, it raises the question; taking the entire team into account, could the 2011 Patriots rival their 2007 numbers? Following is a position-by-position analysis of how this year’s team could stack up (on paper) to the 2007 “super team”.

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