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5 Reasons Why New England Patriots Are Primed For A Championship Run

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5 Reasons Why New England Patriots Are Primed For A Championship Run

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The New England Patriots, despite an up and down season, find themselves right back where they’ve been for the last few years. One of the top seeds in the AFC, the Patriots are once again in prime territory to make a run at a Super Bowl title -- one that has been elusive in recent years, after being so seemingly easy to take home early this century.

As always, it is championship or bust in New England. Once a team has made the NFL playoffs as many times as the Patriots have, anything short of a title is a disappointment. It’s a tough place to be in for a franchise and fan base, but it’s the way it gets after years and years of contention. Sure, I know how it can sound to complain about the problem of too much winning, but it does leave you feeling like there’s only one way for the season to end successfully.

The good thing is that the Patriots are more ready for a Super Bowl run than it seems. Sure, they’ve struggled more than usual this season, but that is only because of how dominant they’ve been in the past. They still finished as one of the top two teams in the conference and earned the coveted first-round playoff bye. Oh, and they still have the best quarterback/head coach combo in the league, so there’s that.

Whether it’s a good thing or not, the only way this season will be a success is if the Patriots catch fire this next month and bring home a Lombardi trophy, and these are five reasons why they’re primed to do just that.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. They Can Rush The Passer

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The New England defense was supposed to be one of the best in the league this year, but injuries have hampered their progress towards domination. One thing they can still do is rush the passer, especially from the outside with Chandler Jones on one side and the constantly-underrated Rob Ninkovich on the other.

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4. Tom Brady

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If you have a quarterback capable of playing at an elite level, you have a chance to win a championship in the NFL. Tom Brady is one of the best to ever play the position, and even though he may be past his prime, he is still capable of elevating his game for a month or so.

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3. They Play In The AFC

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Let’s face it, the AFC is the much weaker conference. If the Patriots were in the NFC, they would have to face two really good teams to get to the Super Bowl. In the AFC, the Patriots will only need to beat one juggernaut -- and if someone else can upset the Denver Broncos, they won’t even have to do that.

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2. The Running Game Is Back On Track

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The New England running game has been up and down all year, but LeGarrette Blount has bullied his way to the top spot on the depth chart lately and gotten the run game back on track.

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1. They Still Have Bill Belichick

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Coaching is the second-most important aspect of professional football, only slightly behind quarterback play. Bill Belichick is still the best in the business, and would like to cap off one of his best coaching jobs with another Super Bowl win.