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Looking into the Patriots' crystal ball

When the NFL schedule was released in April, and as the Patriots constructed their roster, the opinion here was that 11 wins was a good projection for the team.

That has since been altered, a result of the ongoing contract standoff with Logan Mankins; a serious back injury sustained by Nick Kaczur; season-ending injuries to starting defensive end Ty Warren, starting cornerback Leigh Bodden and top reserve safety Brandon McGowan; and questions that haven't been answered on defense.

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, 10 predictions are made on the '10 Patriots season, and fitting to the theme of the piece, the win projection is now 10.