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ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Patriots had plenty to like in uneven win

The Patriots escaped with a hard-fought 23-21 win over the Bills Sunday despite a less-than-stellar performance from the offense and a few miscommunications on defense. But they also had a surprising number of solid performances on both sides of the football that should make Patriots fans a bit more optimistic for the rest of the season.

A breakdown of all three phases of the game after reviewing the TV tape and the coaches’ film:

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