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Statistics show Patriots better on defense, but offense is struggling

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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots have one more game until their bye week, but they have played half their regular-season schedule, with their win over Miami the eighth game of the year.

So it seems a good time to look at how New England is performing statistically.

As quarterback Tom Brady has mentioned in recent weeks when asked about the struggles of the offense, the Patriots are still winning. At 6-2, they have a two-game lead in the AFC East.

At the midway point last season, New England was 5-3.

The statistics back up what the eye has seen over the first eight games this season: The defense has improved, while the offense, which has been dominant for several years, is decidedly less so at this point.

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