Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/9/13
New England came dreadfully close to an opening season loss this Sunday to their doormat division rivals, the Bills.With few exceptions, the Patriots usually walk all over Buffalo and tack up an easy W on the record. They snuck by on a sloppy 23-21 victory chock full of fumbles, missed connections, and mediocre defensive play. Yes, a win is a win, but it previewed the struggles this team is going to face all season. Now one could argue pigskin mastermind Tom Brady has a lack of weapons compared to years past, but that excuse is getting old. Even with Rob Gronkowski coming back eventually, this won't be enough to coast through games like they used to. The NFL is a revolving door with players constantly coming and going whether it be injuries, trades, or prison.To be fair, Buffalo had two important weapons sitting on the bench with injuries in 2012 first-round cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Pro-Bowl safety Jairus Byrd. These two could've easily been game-changers. The point is, the Pa...
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