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Saints make Pats' D face harsh reality

Can New England compete for a Super Bowl if it can't stop top offenses?

Updated: December 1, 2009, 11:53 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Nose tackle Vince Wilfork is an optimist and believes the New England Patriots' defense can turn things around in time to salvage their playoff and Super Bowl hopes. Yet he's also a realist as to the current makeup of the unit.

Asked if it's fair to say this defense isn't ready for prime time after being gashed by the Colts (35 points) and Saints (38 points) in two of the last three weeks, the defensive captain pulled no punches.

"We had two games where ...

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