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News Blitz 10/20: The case for the defense

The Patriots defense is off to a strong start this season in terms of points allow. The group ranks second in the NFL in that category, but ESPNBoston.com wonders if the performance has matched the numbers.

Tom Brady spoke to the media on Wednesday and provided a tip he once received from football research director Ernie Adams. Speaking of Brady, the Boston Globe wonders why he can't answer questions about Donald Trump's "locker room talk" scandal.

Despite Ben Roethlisberger's absence, Brady is not taking the Steelers lightly. Malcolm Butler is in the same boat and the Providence Journal says the corner is up to the challenge of taking on Pittsburgh's receivers. Matthew Slater and the Patriots special teams look to do their part in Pittsburgh as well.

The Boston Herald looks at Dont'a Hightower's intensity and focus, which leads to his success. James White also drew some attention for his strong play of late, adding to Brady's stable of weapons.

CSNNE.com says rookie Cyrus Jones is looking to rebound from a rocky start to his Patriots career.

Cornerback is largely considered to be one of the most difficult positions to play in all of professional sports but NESN.com says it's tougher than you think.

ESPN.com has Bengals coach Marvin Lewis defending Vontaze Burfict after the league hit him with a $75,000 fine.

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