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Patriots took extra steps last week

Posted by Albert Breer  December 20, 2009 06:27 PM

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And so as one player got to understanding another's role, some loose ends got taken care of.

"We didn’t really have any big, blown assignments that cost us," said Banta-Cain. "And that right there shows something, because we have given up some big plays where guys just blow their assignments. It shows because guys are on the same page and know what they’re supposed to do, it’s gonna limit those types of plays."

Indeed, the defense allowed just one play of 20-plus yards. And the offense closed out the Bills with a big third-down conversion from, you got it, Wes Welker.

So the players seem to be taking at least a little more ownership of the team, and for a young group of guys, that's a big deal.
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