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Patriots’ next opponent

Injuries have led to sluggish start for Falcons

The Patriots may be missing some key players on offense, but one team that won’t offer them any sympathy is the Falcons, who enter Sunday night’s showdown equally decimated by injuries.

The Falcons, in danger of starting 1-3 for the first time in Mike Smith’s six seasons as coach, will likely be without running back Stephen Jackson for the second straight week with a thigh injury, and same with left tackle Sam Baker, who is dealing with knee and foot injuries.

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