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Bedard’s Breakdown: Tale of two plays shows progress on offense & defense

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They weren't major plays. They certainly didn't decide Thursday night's inauspicious but respectable 19-14 victory over the Buccaneers. And there's no guarantee that they are the launching pad for the 2017 Patriots on offense or defense.

But there were two plays against Tampa Bay that caught my eye and showed, for different reasons, why the Patriots are making progress -- even if it's hard to discern on the field.