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Pats expect few surprises Sunday

Like divisional foes, teams face challenge of familiarity, says Belichick

Updated: September 18, 2011, 12:27 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's not Patriots versus Jets or even Patriots versus Colts. But when the San Diego Chargers visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon for New England's home opener, it will be the seventh time in seven seasons that the two foes have tangled.

As Patriots coach Bill Belichick noted this week, "It feels like we're back in the division again."

To be sure, the Patriots-Chargers "rivalry" has lost some of its luster since LaDainian Tomlinson needed to be restrained ...

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