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Another tough test for Patriots defense

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Another tough test for Patriots defense

Kevin Walsh looks ahead at what figures to be another tough test for the New England Patriots defense. Rookie standout Andrew Luck and the Colts will look to follow most other quarterbacks this season in exposing the Patriots defense for big plays and big yards.

The New England secondary has been shredded throughout 2012 but at least some of the blame should fall on the shoulders of an inconsistent pass rush. If the Pats could get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, then the New England secondary wouldn't be forced into so many tough situations. The Patriots are 17th in the league with only 20 sacks.

But in the end, the secondary has to make more plays than it's been able to this season. The addition of Aqib Talib should help in that regard.

WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

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WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch the Celtics host the Magic at TD Garden. You can also click here to watch the Celtics livestream presented by Nissan on the NBC Sports App. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live Presented by ACE Ticket.

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Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

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Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more.