Super Bowl LIII

Which members of the Patriots could be classified as X factors coming into Sunday’s game?

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

ATLANTA — We’re all familiar with the talent at the top of the Patriots’ roster, and the need for that group to execute come Sunday against the Rams. But who are the X factors — players who we might not initially anticipate as being a sizable part of the outcome, but could end up playing a major role when it comes to how things play out on Sunday? Based on matchups and history, here are our five potential X factors for New England heading into Super Bowl LIII.