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Patriots' D not as bad as numbers say

Despite record pace in yards allowed, team has minimized damage on the scoreboard

Updated: October 6, 2011, 11:46 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots made history in the first four weeks of the 2011 season. Or perhaps more aptly, history was made against them.

The Patriots have allowed 1,910 yards through four games. That's the most in NFL history through a team's first four games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, breaking a mark of 1,894 allowed by the 2005 San Francisco 49ers.

Before that you had the 1950 Baltimore Colts, who allowed 1,855 through four games and are still ...

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