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Five more things we've learned

Updated: October 21, 2011, 9:59 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

What have we learned about the New England Patriots through the first six weeks of the 2011 season? Here's a handful of the primary reasons why this team is 5-1 at the bye week (hop here to read colleague Mike Reiss's take):

1. The importance of Brian Waters cannot be overstated

The retirement of Stephen Neal left the Patriots with a void on the right side of their line. New England knew it could slide Dan Connolly into a starting role, especially after he started 13 games ...

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