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Bedard’s Breakdown: Patriots defense vs. Eagles was almost mirror image to Tampa in ’11

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Thoughts, a mega-chart and 3 up/3 down on the Patriots' defense — 32 total quarterback pressures! — from Thursday night's 37-20 victory over the Eagles, leading with more thoughts on a unit that continued to show much more than they usually do during the exhibition season...

We talked about it last week against the Redskins, but the continuing theme of this defense post-Matt Patricia is that there's little doubt it has shown much more — pass and run blitzes, games up front, a variety of pressure packages — through the first two games of the preseason than in other recent years.

The Patriots had six blitzes against the Redskins, and followed that up with