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Pats manage to rebuild and still win

Success of younger, faster defense surprises some

Updated: October 29, 2009, 7:32 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

At one point early in the Patriots' most recent victory, their defensive lineup consisted of the following:

Seven players in their first year on the roster, three of whom were rookies

Three second-year players, one of whom was leading the huddle

The Patriots were in their dime package (six defensive backs) with rushers Myron Pryor, Derrick Burgess and Tully Banta-Cain; linebackers Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton; and Leigh Bodden, Jonathan Wilhite, Darius Butler, ...

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