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Patriots Notebook

Patriots’ Aqib Talib has tough task against Texans

Receiver Andre Johnson loaded with talent

FOXBOROUGH — The fourth game of Aqib Talib’s Patriots tenure will provide the cornerback with his biggest challenge: Houston receiver Andre Johnson.

Johnson, a 10-year veteran, is seemingly getting better as the season goes on. In the five weeks since Houston’s bye, the 6-foot-3-inch, 219-pounder has averaged eight receptions and 134 yards per game, including a 14-catch, 273-yard performance in a Week 11 overtime win over the Jaguars.

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