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Pats' secondary concerns are primary

Opponents are backing up the smack talk by averaging 323.1 passing yards per game

Updated: November 4, 2011, 3:55 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a way, all Hines Ward did was say what the rest of the league was thinking.

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers 's 25-17 triumph over the New England Patriots on Sunday at Heinz Field, Ward, who did not dress for the game because of an ankle injury, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "I probably could have forced it and played, but ... I wasn't really concerned. And against the Patriots, we felt we could exploit their secondary."

Yes, even a bum ankle ...

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