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Patriots seek faster start

FOXBOROUGH — Statistically speaking, the Patriots are finding their offensive stride against some of the best defenses in the NFL. That trend — at least the part about the stout defense — continues Sunday, when the Browns bring the league’s fourth-ranked unit to Gillette Stadium.

In recent weeks, the Patriots have scored 55 points against Pittsburgh, whose defense was ranked No. 4 at the time; 20 points at Carolina (No. 2); and 34 points at Houston (No. 1). They also scored 34 points against Denver, whose defense was ranked 23d at the time.

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