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Offense ready to face Steelers safety Troy Polamalu

FOXBOROUGH — To get a feel for how instinctive Troy Polamalu can be, visit YouTube and find clips of the Steelers safety judging the opposing team’s snap count perfectly and flying over the lines and into the quarterback a split-second after the ball gets hiked.

When game planning for a difference-maker such as Polamalu, it would be easier if teams had some idea where he’ll be lining up or what his role might be. But when it comes to the 32-year-old, known for his hair and his seven trips to the Pro Bowl, that’s rarely the case.

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