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Patriots' toughness put to the test

Against Jets' smashmouth ground game, N.E.'s defense faces biggest challenge yet

Updated: November 10, 2011, 10:22 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the Jets came to Foxborough last month, the buzz centered on the team's desire to get back to "ground and pound." The Patriots might have beaten their rivals at their own game that day, but the Jets have succeeded in recent weeks in re-establishing that smashmouth style of play.

The Jets combined to rush for 392 yards on 99 carries (4 yards per carry) in wins over Miami, San Diego and Buffalo. Paired with inspired defensive play, the Jets look like a much more ...

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