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Patriots defense got its first test — and failed

It’s still very early in the season, but Sunday night’s 31-30 loss to the Ravens has to have caused a lot of concern inside the defensive meeting rooms at Gillette Stadium.

Faced with the first decent test of the 2012 season, the Patriots defense failed almost across the board in a performance that was reminiscent of the two biggest stinkers from last season: the losses at Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

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