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Defense showing encouraging signs

On a day when the offense struggled some, the D stepped up for the Patriots

Updated: October 17, 2011, 6:36 PM ET
By Tedy Bruschi | ESPNBoston.com

Instead of the traditional five observations in the Bruschi On Tap, we're switching things up on a more permanent basis to a weekly Q-and-A with fans posted every Monday. Join my weekly chat every Monday at 11 a.m. to have your question considered. Here we go …

Q: What did you think of [Brandon] Spikes' play yesterday? Is he starting to get it, and should we expect him to only get better? -- Hoogie (Lexington, Mass.)

A: For the Patriots right now, Brandon Spikes ...

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