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Patriots' O-line rises to first challenge

Updated: September 13, 2010, 7:00 AM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the end, if you didn't know any differently, you wouldn't have been able to tell anyone was missing at all.

Down two-fifths of their starting offensive line, the New England Patriots protected well enough to make the absences of Logan Mankins (who remains unsigned because of a contract dispute) and Nick Kaczur (out with a back injury) immaterial in the season-opening 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dan Connolly stepped in for Kaczur, who had been attempting ...

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