New England Patriots Preseason: 5 Reasons the NFL Should Fear the Patriots

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New England Patriots Preseason: 5 Reasons the NFL Should Fear the Patriots
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We all love the NFL for many reasons.

The high speed action, the hard hits and the unpredictability. Among others, these are just a few reasons that make us tune in every Sunday religiously.

What stands out in that short list is the unpredictability. One of the reasons we all watch sports is because everyone loves the underdog and the upset. Thanks to the way the NFL is structured, it is very difficult for a team to have success over a long period of time.

The New England Patriots are one of the few teams that have been able to defy that trend.

Since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000, the Patriots are 126-50 in the regular season and 14-5 in the playoffs. Including three Super Bowl championships.

There have only been three seasons under Belichick in which the Patriots have not made the playoffs and two of those he was without Tom Brady as his starting quarterback.

Now fast forward to 2011. The NFL lockout shook up a lot of teams plans and again added another variable to an already unpredictable game.

Yet, once again after two preseason games the Patriots look posed to be one of the best teams in the NFL.

This shouldn't surprise anyone, but here are some reasons the rest of the NFL should fear playing the Patriots this year.

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