Patriots in solid position

They have been strong closers in the past

Updated: November 13, 2009, 7:28 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If the current NFL season is compared to a horse race, the Patriots find themselves in a comfortable spot halfway to the finish line -- close enough to the rail, with room to make a move.

The first half of the NFL race is all about positioning. The No. 1 goal is to avoid tripping out of the starting gate and falling so far behind the leader that you're eliminated from contention, which is essentially what has happened to the Tennessee Titans, who were last year's top ...

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