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Patriots defense playing well, but next three games will provide challenge

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FOXBOROUGH — The 2013 season has seen a bit of a role reversal for the Patriots. They’re winning, as usual, but the offense has been struggling while the defense has been downright dominant.

The Patriots haven’t had a top-10 defense in points and yards allowed since 2008, but they’re well on their way this year. The overall stats through three games are pretty spectacular.

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich, one of the main reasons for the defense’s impressive performance thus far, says it means very little.

“I don’t want to hear it,” he said Wednesday as the Patriots began preparations for Sunday night’s game at Atlanta. “All these games we’ve played are behind us. This year we’re playing well, but we still have to improve.”

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