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A little good, a lot bad, mostly ugly

Patriots-Saints preseason action predictably sloppy, but nothing to worry about

Updated: August 10, 2012, 3:35 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The biggest takeaway from the New England Patriots' 7-6 preseason-opening win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday at Gillette Stadium was not to take too much away from it at all.

"I don't want to get too up or too down on anything," coach Bill Belichick said after the uninspiring game that tested even the most die-hard fan to maintain interest from start to finish.

There was some good. There was some bad. And the football was certainly ugly at times.

But ...

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