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10 things for Patriots-Bears

Updated: December 10, 2010, 8:08 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Ten areas that project to be critical, from a Patriots perspective, in Sunday's game against the Bears at Soldier Field (4:15 p.m. ET):

1. Directional kicking and punting. With heavy wind gusts and low temperatures in the forecast, this game could have the feel of the 2008 season finale in Buffalo when the goalposts at Ralph Wilson Stadium had to be tied down so they wouldn't blow over. This highlights the importance of specialists like kicker Shayne Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko, ...

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