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Tackles: Carter and QB hits

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Brandon Spikes and Andre Carter are making an impact on defense.A look at the weekly Patriots tackle leaderboard (as credited by the coaching staff):

Defense

S Patrick Chung -- 58 (37 solo/21 assisted)

CB Devin McCourty -- 58 (44 solo/14)

LB Brandon Spikes -- 47 (34/13)

CB Kyle Arrington -- 41 (25/16)

DL Vince Wilfork -- 39 (19/20)

LB Jerod Mayo -- 38 (22/16)

LB Gary Guyton -- 36 (23/13)

DE Andre Carter -- 35 (22/13)

S James Ihedigbo -- 28 (19/9)

OLB Rob Ninkovich – 28 (18/10)

DL Kyle Love -- 24 (18/6)

Special teams

WR Matthew Slater -- 8 (7/1)

LB Tracy White -- 8 (6/2)

LB Jeff Tarpinian -- 7 (5/2)

CB Kyle Arrington -- 5 (4/1)

CB Antwuan Molden – 5 (3/2)

Two tied with 4

QUICK HITS: Veteran DE Andre Carter's 8 quarterback hits lead the team, followed by Mark Anderson and Vince Wilfork with 6 apiece. ... S Patrick Chung is rising up the tackle charts, tying for the team lead even after missing a game. ... Veteran LB Tracy White had two special teams tackles, moving into the first-place tie with WR Matthew Slater. ... Rookie LB Jeff Tarpinian has made a big move on special teams. He is showing a nose for the ball on coverage units and could become a more important player on defense this week with Brandon Spikes straining his MCL Sunday.