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Improved Patriots defense eyes Texans’ threats

FOXBOROUGH — Statistically, it’s hard to look at the numbers and say the Patriots’ defense is all that much better than it was earlier this season.

The Patriots have hovered in the bottom quarter of the league in terms of total defense (currently 26th) for much of the season, and have been one of the worst teams in passing yards allowed (29th).

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