Most improved: Running game or defense?

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Most improved: Running game or defense?

The Patriots did two things really well on Sunday that they didn't do in more than spurts last season: run the ball and defend well.

Mike Felger likes the way the Pats ran the ball, saying that it not only helps the offensive line who is still working on protecting Brady, but it also takes pressure off of Brady.

Andy Gresh notes that it makes the Pats much more complimentary in terms of the pass and the run together.

But is a run game the missing ingredient to a Super Bowl win? Or is it defense? Most likely, it's both.

First 53-man roster projection for 2017 Patriots: Defensive back, receiver depth stands out

First 53-man roster projection for 2017 Patriots: Defensive back, receiver depth stands out

Like Bill Belichick says: jobs aren't won or lost during OTAs and minicamp. That doesn't mean we can't guess at who lands on the 53-man roster in September.

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