TALE OF THE TAPE

Patriots

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    Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At New England Patriots

    The Lions are a maturing team that is no longer its own worst enemy. Instead of committing mindless penalties or turning the ball over at crucial moments, they are playing the game under control.

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    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Indianapolis Colts

    This should be one of the more entertaining matchups of the season, as Tom Brady goes into Indianapolis and will try to keep the Patriots on a roll.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At New England Patriots

    The Bears are asking Jay Cutler (and have paid him) to perform like he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. When it comes to arm strength and a quick release, Cutler is certainly capable of making impressive throws.

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    Tale Of The Tape: New York Jets At New England Patriots

    The Jets are near the end of their rope with Geno Smith, because the second-year quarterback simply makes too many mistakes, lacks maturity and appears to have lost some confidence in his own ability.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Cincinnati Bengals At New England Patriots

    The Bengals are undefeated and rested, and they are licking their chops to get a shot at the Patriots when they are not at their best.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At New England Patriots

    The Raiders face a huge disadvantage at the quarterback spot, where rookie Derek Carr is getting the start and must face a New England defense that stepped up in its second game of the season.

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