10 things for Patriots-Chargers

Updated: October 23, 2010, 1:10 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are 10 areas that project to be crucial in Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots (4:15 p.m. ET):

1. Antonio Gates' availability and effectiveness. The Chargers' tight end has a team-high 31 catches and seven touchdowns. It is often said that Bill Belichick is effective at game-planning to take away what an opponent does best, and Gates -- who missed practice all week and is listed as questionable -- is the Chargers' No. 1 threat. ...

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