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Patriots facing tougher schedule in 2d half

A Patriots season that began with promise and prompted some predictions of a 16-0 regular season has reached its midpoint. After thrashing the Rams in London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, the team has its league-mandated bye this week.

Eight weeks in, it’s been a season full of suspense (one overtime game, three others decided in the final minute), surprise (anyone think Stevan Ridley would be leading the AFC in rushing?), and success.

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